Scunthorpe boss Brian Laws described his side's 4-1 win at Walsall as a small step on the way to removing relegation fears.
Laws, in his third spell as Scunthorpe boss after replacing Alan Knill, saw the Iron end a run of eight games without a win despite David Prutton's dismissal just before half-time at the Banks's Stadium.
Scunthorpe took the lead after 13 minutes when defender Niall Canavan headed in Mark Duffy's corner. Duffy tapped in the second after 30 minutes when Walsall goalkeeper David Grof could only block Karl Hawley's shot.
A minute from half-time midfielder Prutton was red carded for a tackle on Adam Chambers, but shortly into the second half Canavan headed in number three from another Duffy corner. Leon Clarke then burst through to lob the keeper for the fourth before Will Grigg netted a consolation for Walsall.
Laws said: "The most important thing for us was to start winning games and this has been a long time coming.
"But we are not getting carried away. We have won, but there are a lot of games still to play and this is one small step."