Jim McInally called it “a big relief” to see Peterhead get their first league win in six months.
Second-half goals from Jamie Redman and Nicky Riley saw them beat Queen’s Park 2-0 at Balmoor.
It could have all been very different had Darren Miller not smashed an eighth-minute penalty off the bar for the visitors.
The result lifts the club off the bottom of the table up to eighth.
And boss McInally hopes the victory can spark a winning streak from his players.
He said: “It is a big relief, you could see it in the dressing room after the game.
“You could see the enjoyment of winning with them.
“That’s something you always want to encourage and make sure it happens more often.
“They know what it takes to go on a run of games and that’s what we are looking to do again.”
McInally admitted the performance was not one of the best.
But he praised Peterhead’s defensive resilience and expects them to build on the display.
He said: “There’s more to come, we were okay.
“There was a tension there because we were a team that hadn’t won a league game for a while.
“It was a release in the second half and you could see the confidence coming back.
“When we were two up, we looked quite comfortable.
“We needed that victory and it was good to carry on from our performance last week.”