Peterhead manager Jim McInally was pleased to see his men’s performance against Annan Athletic rewarded with all three points.
The Blue Toon eventually scored through Jamie Stevenson on 83 minutes to send themselves back to the League Two summit and strengthen their shot at automatic promotion at the first time of asking.
Their title rivals Montrose, who have a game in hand on McInally’s side, slipped up on Saturday, and were hammered 3-0 by Clyde at Broadwood.
Despite now being level on points, the Buchan outfit have a far superior goal difference.
McInally said: “It was a really good win.
“To be honest, the performance was miles better than the result and we should have had the game sown up at half-time.
“It looked like it was maybe going to be one of those days when we weren’t going to score.
“But we kept at it and Jamie Stevenson scored a brilliant goal and that won us the game.
“In general our play was as good as it’s been in a long time and I don’t think we’ve dominated a team as much as we did.”
Midfielder Stevenson cut in on to his left foot to curl the winner into the top corner.
Annan defender Peter Watson was then shown a red card, leaving Annan little chance of coming back into it.
The hard-fought win was the Blue Toon’s first in three matches, and McInally thought “everything” was working against his side getting it.
He said: “It was everything. They defended well, their goalie played really well. We smashed the ball in and it hit somebody’s head and came back out.
“It was just one of those where you thought it isn’t going to be one of our days.
“It just gives us a wee boost and puts us back top of the league again, even if it’s just for a few days. It keeps us in the hunt.
“We did a wee bit of damage from last week, but we still need to win our games.
“We’ve got Clyde here (at Balmoor) next week who are flying as well.
“It’s exciting. The league’s really tightened up, teams are going for play-offs who weren’t in the hunt and Cowdenbeath have a wee chance of getting off the bottom. So it’s going to be harder to win games.”
Montrose will play their game in hand away to Cowdenbeath a week tomorrow.