IT has been a frustrating last few games for Coleraine and their boss Oran Kearney.
With four score draws on the bounce they picked up the unwanted tag of draw specialists and were the first name on everyone’s Pools coupon.
The Bannsiders hadn’t recorded a win since their dramatic last-gasp victory over Linfield on October 22.
But they got back to winning ways again on Saturday as they saw off the other half of the ‘Big Two’.
Shane Jennings fired in at the second attempt with only eight minutes on the clock to see off Glentoran much to Kearney’s delight.
“I think we’ve drawn our quota of games for the season now,” said Kearney after the game.
“It has been an agitated dressing room over the last few weeks but for all the right reasons.
“Sadistically I nearly wanted it to be a 1-0 win today as I just wanted us to show that steely side to our game.
“The way we saw out the last five minutes with no real issues is a sign of progress.
“I’ve just said to the players to come through those four games and have those doubts in their mind then come out and play one of the big two and perform like that is pleasing and credit must go to the players,” he added.
“Hopefully that’s us through our wee rut now and we can push on for what is going to be a big month for us.”
It was Jennings’ first goal since he scored against Glentoran in April.
The young striker has battled hard to get back to fitness after having an operation on a shoulder injury and Kearney was quick to heap praise on him after the game.
“Fair play to big Shane. For all the rehab and hard work, which he has put in meticulously it’s a nice reward for him today and I’m delighted for him,” said Kearney.
“On another day we probably could have scored a few more, but as long as we are creating I know we will put one away sooner rather than later.”