Wigan Athletic boss Steve Bruce felt his side's 1-0 win over Everton on Monday was 'one of their worst performances'.
A second-half strike from Henri Camara handed the Latics success at the JJB Stadium as they rose out of the relegation zone.
Bruce was relieved to claim the triumph and is hopeful his team will continue to climb the table in the games to come.
He said: "Sometimes it is a strange game. It was arguably one of our worst performances, we have played better and lost.
"We could have kept the ball better in the last 20 minutes but the way the league is, we're just delighted to get the three points.
"It is a horrible time to play, on a Monday night, when you've slipped into the bottom three without kicking a ball. Hopefully we're out of the bottom three now for six months or so."
Midfielder Lee Cattermole, who was impressive on the night, said: "In the last few weeks the attitude has been brilliant and we fully deserved the three points.
"Three points at this stage puts you right up the table."
Striker Emile Heskey added: "It's a massive win. The fans get behind us every game and they were brilliant today. We didn't start too well but got into the game and got the points in the end."