Charlton boss Chris Powell admitted taking the lead was key in his side's 2-0 home win over Stevenage.
The Addicks have had to come from behind in their last two games where they were held 1-1 by Tranmere and Rochdale, but against Stevenage it was a different story once they had got their noses in front.
Michael Morrison broke the deadlock four minutes after the break with a stunning shot from just outside of the box and Charlton's top scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips, without a goal since November 19, made the game safe in the 64th minute to ensure the Addicks gained revenge for a 1-0 defeat at Stevenage earlier in the campaign.
Powell said: "I'm really pleased that we got a great result, a clean sheet and Bradley Wright-Phillips scored as well, so it was a great day all round.
"It was a good second half performance and I thought what was key to that was scoring first. We've had some tricky nights recently going a goal behind and then teams packing their defence, but you know that teams have to open up if we go 1-0 up and I think that's good for us.
"We've got players that use the space well and use the ball well. We saw that in abundance in the second half and it was two teams cancelling each other out really in the first period. But I felt we were excellent in the second period and we created a number of chances."