Micky Adams does not believe in hoodoos but the Port Vale boss was pleased to see his side 'smash' their Walsall jinx.
Vale had not won a league game at Walsall since 1947 but they were full value for the three points, scoring in each half through Tom Pope - his eighth of the season - and Gavin Tomlin to secure a 2-0 victory at the Banks's Stadium.
"We smashed this hoodoo, though I don't believe in them," said Adams. "It's about 11 lads going out and performing. I was as committed hard-working performance as I've seen for a long time.
"Walsall are a good side if you let them play, but we didn't allow them to do that. I told the boys before the game that over our dead bodies would we concede a goal, and I thought our back four were excellent.
"We class Walsall as one of the teams that will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season. If we finish above them we shall have had a good campaign."
Vale had 1,165 supporters at the game, and Adams said: "We gave them something to cheer about, as we did at Crewe last week.
"We don't take support for granted because its very expensive following football.