Brighton manager Gus Poyet admitted he could not bear to watch Chris Wood's opener from the penalty spot in the 2-0 home victory over lowly Tranmere.
The Seagulls had missed six of their previous 10 spot-kicks going into the game, but Wood's successful 63rd-minute effort followed by Glenn Murray's strike eight minutes later kept Poyet's men firmly on course for promotion.
Yet Poyet revealed: "When the penalty was being taken I hid behind the dug-out!"
He added: "You can never relax and Tranmere made things difficult, but I thought the win would come sooner or later.
"It was stop-start for the first 25 minutes and the crowd were a bit quiet.
"We got the win in the end, but it's never easy."
Tranmere, three points above the drop zone, have now not won in seven games, but manager Les Parry believes another three or four wins should see them safe.
He said: "We've got 11 games left and we're quite capable of getting another three or four wins.
"Brighton's penalty looked a bit harsh but the referee gave it and up to then our game plan had worked to a tee.
"It is disappointing because our players worked their socks off and it's just not possible to give out any stick after a game like this."
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