Oldham manager Paul Dickov urged his side to "keep believing in themselves" after their winless run stretched to 11 games with a 1-0 defeat at Colchester.
Ashley Vincent's second-half goal secured victory for the Us who themselves had lost their previous four matches.
"I felt we were the better side in the first half but we possibly got sucked in in the second half," said Dickov. "It's not like the lads aren't working hard on the training ground and in matches and the boys need to keep believing in themselves."
He added: "We tended to lump the ball forward as quickly as we could and we're not a good side when we do that - we're a good team when we get the ball down.
Us boss John Ward was understandably delighted to get back to winning ways.
The winner came when Vincent latched onto David Mooney's pass and calmly fired low past Dean Brill from 15 yards, while home keeper Ben Williams made a late save from Dale Stephens to secure the points.
"There were one or two nail-biting moments because 1-0 is a precious lead," said Ward. "But the players stuck to their task after four defeats and the supporters who were here appreciated that.
"Oldham had gone 10 games without a win but we gave them full respect.
"We knew we had to be careful and when we let them in Ben Williams made a good save.
"For the next 24 hours, the players can enjoy what they have done."
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