Salford head coach Brian Noble believed the City Reds' 16-12 victory over the Catalan Dragons on Friday was his best win in charge of the Super League strugglers.
The Reds led 6-0 at the break with a converted Andrew Dixon try and added touchdowns in the second half from Danny Williams and Stephen Wild.
But Catalan, after their Challenge Cup knockout by Hull, grabbed tries from new boy Elliott Whitehead - who turned down a move to Salford to join the Dragons - and Remi Casty to stay in touch.
"Under the circumstances it was our best win since I arrived," explained Noble. "The players have come in for a lot of criticism but we dug this one out and our pride was intact.
"We snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in our last match at Hull KR but this was a really determined show.
"We lost Martin Gleeson early on with a dead leg and Matty Ashurst couldn't go back on with a shoulder injury."
Noble admitted his side had made hard work of the victory as they failed to make the most of the chances they created.
"If we had executed a bit better on attack we could have scored more points and we made it hard for ourselves at times," he added. "But our defence was strong and that was vital."
Catalan have now lost four of their last five games but coach Laurent Frayssinous said: "It was a big improvement on recent weeks. Our performance was not too bad but we dropped too much ball."