Brighton & Hove Albion manager Sami Hyypia praised his team's battling qualities tonight - but admitted the 1-0 win over Wigan at the Amex was not their best performance.
He told seagulls.co.uk, "It is great that we got three points, and we have been talking for a long time that we have been playing well without winning games.
"Tonight was the other way around: it wasn't the best game, but I was very happy with the effort and work rate of the players.
"They gave absolutely everything they possibly could to win tonight and fought hard to keep a clean sheet.
"We have had so many games in which we have played well but have not got what we deserved. Tonight, everyone was determined to defend our goal and we managed to do that.
"We know we did not play as well as we can - but what can I say after winning, I am just very happy. We needed this and on Saturday we will look to carry on."
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Hyypia praised the impact of his two debutants. Christian Walton came in for his first home, and first Championship start - having made his debut at Spurs last week - while Hyypia gave Elliott Bennett his first appearance of his second spell.
"I am very happy for Christian that he kept a clean sheet in goal and I was pleased his performance. He has done well; he is calm and that is what you need to be as a goalkeeper. He made the saves he needed to make and he kept hold of the ball as well.
"Elliott also showed his quality. He is a good player, and I also saw him rallying the troops as well. In these few days he has already grown into the team and that can only help us.
"The win takes off some of the pressure for a while, but now the focus is on Saturday and to go and get a result again. It is another hard game and we need to be prepared for that."