Ballinamallard United boss Whitey Anderson admits three points was the main aim on Friday night.
The Mallards claimed a spirited 1-0 victory over Ballymena United to boost their ailing season.
A Ryan Campbell volley into the top corner was enough to give Ballinamallard the three points at Ferney Park.
The goal separate the sides in this close encounter and sent Ballinamallard back up to a mid-table, level on points with Glentoran and Coleraine.
Campbell struck his volley on 61 minutes into the top corner, giving keeper Dwayne Nelson no chance after Ballymena failed to clear a corner.
Mallards manager Anderson knew it was all about the points and admitted he was just relieved to get maximum reward from the clash.
“We just wanted the three points tonight – that was the main objective,” Anderson said.
“ It was difficult for us in the first half, but I asked the boys at half time to continue the pressure, particularly down the flanks.
“We felt we had to get the two full backs forward as much as possible and it worked for us.
“I felt the inclusion of David Kee and Stuart Hutchinson in the middle of the park gave us great impetus and power and with Jason McCartney back to his best with surging runs, we really proved a handful in the second half.”
Anderson was full of praise for his players after this tight game against fellow strugglers Ballymena.
“I felt the boys deserved it tonight,” he added.
“They worked so hard and got their rewards. Indeed towards the end we might have had another score.
“But it’s just a welcome three points and hopefully we can go on from here to pick up more points.
“We worked well as a team. Everybody defended well and we were a lot more creative in the second half.
The Ballinamallard manager felt Ballymena really put it up to his boys in the first half and could have scored at least one.
But he said, “We dominated possession in the second. We kept the ball well with the result that we were able to create one or two good chances ourselves.
“We will host champions Cliftonville with much more confidence now,” said Anderson
Ballymena had the better of the first half with winger Thomas Robinson impressing with his pace down the right flank.
On 61 minutes Jason McCartney struck a brilliant from 25 yards which had keeper Nelson scurrying to tip round the base of the post.
Ballymena though did cause problems with Cushley and Davidson, but Ballinamallard’s backline were strong throughout.