Grimsby Town boss Paul Hurst was delighted to watch his side see out their 1-0 win at Mansfield Town in relative comfort yesterday.
A 17th minute Omar Bogle penalty won the day as Stags’ goal drought reached 451 frustrating minutes.
The Mariners created little but took the one chance on offer and defended superbly.
“We have definitely played better this season, but it’s been a bit of a long that coming, that 1-0 victory,” said Hurst.
“It’s not an easy place to come against a team that I think certainly have play-off ambitions as a minimum.
“So, from that point of view, it’s a great three points for us.”
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On the penalty, he added: “I think some were claiming offside, I don’t have a clue about that but 100 per cent it was a penalty.
“If people are going to dispute that I am afraid they’ve got their biased hats on and not being realistic.
“Omar kept his composure well and tucked it away and it was a good start to the game for us.”
He added: “The game was lacking a bit of quality at times. I thought we got into their penalty box well on a few occasions, then the next ball or something wasn’t very good.
“We’ve had to defend free kicks and corners. That probably looked their most likely route, and early on Green down the sides which we know his strength, cutting in from the left hand side.
“Overall I don’t think we had any heart in in the mouth moments.
“I think for a neutral they would have said we saw it out comfortably. When you are a manager and emotions are involved it doesn’t quite feel like that.
“But realistically I don’t think our keeper has had too many saves to make.”