Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe hailed his team's resilience after the 1-0 win over Scunthorpe kept their promotion push on course.
Brett Pitman's fifth goal in as many matches took his tally to 15 since returning to the club from Bristol City.
Pitman's goal came in the 11th minute with a volley after Marc Pugh and Matt Tubbs had opened the Scunthorpe defence.
After watching the Cherries claim their fifth successive win, four of them without conceding a goal, said: "This was not our best performance. We were well in control but we could not turn our possession into chances and goals.
"We created enough to have by a bigger margin but it was always going to be hard against a team fighting for their lives.
"Our problem is that we have played more matches than most of our rivals so I think we must win all four of our last matches.
"I have every faith in the players and I would not ask it of them if I did not think it was possible.
"Scunthorpe outnumbered us in midfield but we still had far more of the ball and I do not think there is any doubt that we deserved to win."