Chris Hardy tasted victory for the first time since taking over at Whitby Town, as the Blues won 2-1 at Nantwich.
And the Seasiders’ boss felt that his side were good value for the crucial success at the high-flying Dabbers’ Weaver Stadium.
“On reflection, the result was much needed and much deserved,” he told the Whitby Gazette.
“A free-flowing opening 45 minutes saw the boys play with a lot of confidence and purpose, resulting in a 2-0 lead going into the interval.
“We knew that the second 45 minutes would require our approach to be compact and well organised defensively.
“This is exactly what we delivered on the back of persistent home pressure.”
Mikey Roberts gave Whitby a 16th-minute lead, before man of the match Ryan Brobbel rifled home a stunning second 10 minutes before the break.
Nantwich hit back early in the second half through a disputed penalty, converted by Elliot Osborne, but the Blues remained resolute and held on to their advantage to secure a first away league win of the campaign, much to the delight of their manager.
“There were two sides to our performance, creative and fluent, then the other side, which was disciplined and resolute,” Hardy added.
“I believe that as a group we can take a lot of confidence from these qualities and hopefully create momentum on the back of this.”
Victory for 21st-placed Town saw them close the gap between themselves and Skelmersdale, the side just above them in the Evo-Stik Premier Division table, to two points.
Elsewhere, Colwyn Bay, Stamford and Ramsbottom United – the three sides below Whitby in the relegation zone – all won at the weekend.
The Blues visit on Colwyn Bay on Saturday, in a clash that boss Hardy has descibed as a “must-win game”.