Roberto Martinez hailed Wigan's performance as 'mature' as they secured a vital 2-1 victory against fellow strugglers Bolton at the Reebok.
The Latics still sit at the bottom of the Premier League pile but the importance of James McArthur's late strike will not be underestimated as it drew the visitors back into the pack.
McArthur swept home the rebound after Victor Moses' effort had struck Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan and rebounded into his path.
Martinez's side largely dominated and Gary Caldwell scored their opener before Mark Davies equalised with a long-range strike soon after the hour mark.
The Wigan boss was relieved after the win and insists if his side can continue performing like they did in this clash, then survival is a realistic target.
He told Sky Sports: "It feels really good. I'm not going to lie and it feels even better after seeing the performance.
"I said last week, 'that is the type of performance that we need even though we didn't get the three points (at home to Everton), but if you carry on performing like that you're going get the three points' and I'm pleased the players can have that feeling because they fully deserve it.
"We know that Bolton hit a very good level in the last four games at home and we had to be at our best today and I felt that from start to finish we were a dominant team.
"We were a team that were creating chances, we were getting into the last third with real ease and it was a real mature performance.
"I don't think that we looked like a team that is bottom of the table and in many ways we are a team desperate to get points and today showed in the right way that we are ready for the fight."