Bruce hails important win

"It was a big, important win" - Bruce

Bent: Scored hat-trick

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Steve Bruce has hailed his players after Wigan ran out 5-3 winners in an amazing game at the JJB Stadium.

The Wigan boss saw his side race intoto a three-goal lead after efforts from Denny Landzaat, Marcus Bent and Paul Scharner.

But Blackburn then drew level thanks to a fantastic Roque Santa Cruz hat-trick either side of half-time.

Bent then added two more goals to complete his own hat-trick and secure three vital points for Wigan in their battle against the drop.

Hailing his players, Bruce believed his team put in a magnificent performance in the first-half.

Panic

"The goal at half-time took a little bit of a dampener off it and then you could see why we haven't won for two, three months. Panic sets in, to be fair to Blackburn they showed what they are about, they never gave in.

"But all in all, it was a fantastic game of football, a great spectacle," he said, adding his team have got to stop conceding goals.

"That is what we worked on all week. Again we have conceded three. I said to them yesterday, you can't expect to score four or five to win a football match.

"But we have done it today, but it is blatantly obvious where we have to improve as a team. So that is what we will do. We will go to the training ground all week and go again and make sure that we defensively work better.

"But if we show that attitude and the commitment, as a manager that is all you can ask, they responded, they were terrific."

He added the three points mean Wigan are back in the mix again at the foot of the table.

Important

"It was a big, important win and we are in amongst it again, thankfully," he said, adding they have another huge game against Fulham next week.

"I am already looking ahead, to say 'can we go and get something there and make sure we keep the season alive'."

He added Bent's hat-trick was terrific, but Emile Heskey's ankle injury was a great disappointment.

"We hope that he is okay," Bruce said of Heskey.