Leicester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson's delight with the 1-0 win at Hull City was tempered by Greg Cunningham's broken leg.
The defender, on loan from Manchester City, was hurt in a clash which saw the Tigers' Liam Rosenior sent off.
Eriksson was quick to state that the injury was a complete accident while giving praise to the club's medical staff.
"To be fair, there was absolutely no intention from Liam Rosenior and it was just a very unfortunate incident. Our physio team worked immediately on the injury, comforted Greg and they were superb.
"I think we deserved to win today as we created many more opportunities than them. We needed that result as we have gone too many games without a win away from home. However, the good start to the New Year is also a bad start for us as we have lost Greg Cunningham to a broken leg."
The City boss also saved praise for match-winner, Darius Vassell, whose early strike was enough to secure the points.
"Darius was brilliant and his finish was first-class. I am very happy with how he played and how the team played as we were the better side, but obviously it was very disappointing for Greg and our thoughts are with him now."
Eriksson's opposite number Nigel Pearson was left frustrated after the defeat to his former club.
The Tigers lost for the first time since early November and Pearson was disappointed with the display.
"It was a performance that has been rare. Our ability to get around the pitch and our desire to make things happen wasn't what it has been.
"We made far too many mistakes and it became a frustrating game on lots of different levels.
"We didn't create enough and it was a poor all-round performance."
Things were made more difficult for the Tigers when Rosenior was sent off but Pearson had no argument with the red card.
"I have no complaints over it and Liam is distraught about it. We feel for their player. Liam is honest and he only saw the ball. It was a very unfortunate outcome."
"It was very unfortunate as it didn't look ridiculously high. There was no malice in the challenge. If you know the player you'd be very aware of that."