Daventry Town boss Darran Foster spoke of his relief after second-half goals from Ryan Howell and Scott Cross sealed a 2-0 win at struggling Chertsey on Saturday.
Town went into the game having claimed just one point from their previous three fixtures, a run that has damaged their title hopes.
And after a goalless first half at Chertsey, despite Daventry totally dominating the game, Foster admitted he was left frustrated by his team’s profligacy in front of goal.
“I never thought we were ever going to score because we wasted far too many opportunities in a game that we dominated from start to finish,” said Foster.
“But we stayed calm and we were rewarded for our patience.
“I don’t want to criticise our performance, because we looked a lot fresher and more stable at the back, having conceded seven goals in our three previous games.
“Defensively we were never troubled by Chertsey and going forward we created a lot more chances, as well as retaining greater possession of the ball.
“At this stage of the season three points is everything.”
Howell eventually broke the deadlock midway in the second half before Cross, who had rejoined the club on Friday following a loan spell at Wellingborough Town in the UCL, sealed the points with the second.
Promotion rivals Rugby Town, Dunstable Town and Slough Town also won on Saturday, meaning Daventry stay third in the Division One Central table, seven points behind leaders Rugby with four games in hand.
Fifth-placed Kettering Town lost ground on their leading pack though, as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Chalfont St Peter, while Barton Rovers, who dropped to sixth, were surprisingly beaten 3-1 at home by Potters Bar.
Daventry are back in action on Tuesday night when they face a massive clash at Communications Park against second-placed Dunstable.
Town currently trail Dunstable by five points, and have four games in hand.
Foster knows his team are in for a tough run-in over the final five weeks of the season, but he is looking forward to the challenge.
“There are at least four teams capable of winning this league, but we cannot worry about the results of those three clubs, unless we play them,” said Foster.
“We have a great deal of hard work over the next few weeks, because every game is now a cup final.
“Kettering seem to have the problem we had last season, with too many drawn games, but they will be well in the mix come the end of April.
“Rugby are definite favourites for the title, with the points already in the bag and you cannot rule out Dunstable, as on their day they can beat anyone.”
Kick-off at Communcations Park on Tuesday is 7.45pm.
Quotes courtesy of Jim Davis