A great day in the battle to stay in the Premier League was made all the more sweet for Roberto Martinez after seeing his Wigan team rewarded for maintaining their principles.
The DW Stadium side swept aside UEFA Champions League-chasing Newcastle in style on Saturday after a blistering first-half performance secured a 4-0 win.
Two goals from Victor Moses and further strikes from Shaun Maloney and Franco Di Santo moved Wigan onto 37 points and level with 15th-placed Aston Villa.
And Martinez felt the win over Newcastle, which followed historic successes against Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal, was a just reward.
Wigan have always maintained their pass-and-move methods, and Martinez told Sky Sports: "You need to understand, in football, it is important to play well.
"It is very important. The manner in which you win games gives you a future way to win games."
Wigan's next outing is a crucial trip to relegation-zone occupants Blackburn on 7th May before they finish their campaign against an already condemned Wolves.
And Martinez is pleased to be hitting form at a perfect time, as he explained: "There is a lot of work during the season.
"What is developing in the season is a lot of hard work and good attitude and responsibility from the players.
"We reached a good level in the last third of the season."