Stewart Drummond admitted it was a “big relief” after Morecambe picked up their first win of 2014 against Southend.
The Shrimps came through 2-1 against Phil Brown’s play-off hopefuls at the Globe Arena on Saturday to end a run of 10 League 2 games without a win and ease any relegation fears.
The 38-year-old said: “It’s a big relief for all the lads.
“You start to look at the league table a little bit and slowly but surely we were creeping down towards the bottom end of it but the win today should put a little bit more confidence back in the lads which has been sorely lacking over the last nine or 10 games.”
The veteran midfielder admitted that the players were well aware how vital a good result against the Shrimpers was with another Globe Arena clash on the horizon against Newport County on Tuesday night.
Drummond said: “It was a bit of a cup final atmosphere and we knew before it what an important game it was.
“Southend have been on a poor run themselves and it was one of the games where having won it hopefully we can kick on and get a few more points now.”
The Shrimps had to work hard for their first three points since the Boxing Day triumph over Fleetwood, Kevin Ellison cancelling out Ryan Leonard’s early opener before Jack Redshaw struck the winner with 20 minutes to play less than three minutes after coming on as a substitute.
Drummond said: “You look at the results, Accrington have beaten Chesterfield today, and you’ve always got to be on your toes and we had to come out of the this terrible run we’ve been on so it’s really important, especially in your home games, to start grinding out the wins like we have today.
“We have a decent record against Southend and it was never going to be a classic with the way the pitch is and we went 1-0 down as we have done so many times this season but we hung in there, worked really hard and just about came out on top in the end.”
The player-coach admitted that the 5-0 drubbing at Plymouth seven days earlier might have been exactly what the Shrimps’ season needed as they moved up to 13th in League 2.
Drummond said: “I think in a way the Plymouth game might have done us a favour as it was a real low point, a watershed moment, whatever you want to call it.
“We’ve been in a lot of games where we’ve got beaten 1-0 or 2-1 and not played that badly.
“But after Plymouth where we got hammered 5-0 you draw a line in the sand and go back to basics.
“I think the basics of working hard and working for each other are what came out of the game today.”