Gary Megson breathed a huge sigh of relief after Sheffield Wednesday beat Colchester 2-1 to record his first home win as Owls boss.
Striker Neil Mellor marked his recall to the team with both goals as Wednesday picked up their first three points at Hillsborough this year. Steven Gillespie struck late on for Colchester, but Wednesday held on to leave Megson beaming.
He said: "It's been a long time coming as we haven't won a game at home this year. I thought we deserved it and I said to the players at the end that it was a great result and under the circumstances a great performance."
He added: "It was never going to be Barcelona-type stuff because of the situation that we are in, but it was honest and workmanlike. The only disappointment is the goal in the last few minutes that has made it a little bit harder for ourselves.
"I'm so pleased for some of them - the likes of James O'Connor, who might not be a fans' favourite but I thought was terrific and worked his socks off.
"All the players that have started and the subs have been people that I know I can trust in terms of honesty, work-rate and desire and in doing the right thing for Sheffield Wednesday and not just themselves."
The result eased Wednesday`s relegation fears but Colchester boss John Ward could not hide his frustration and admitted his side's play-off hopes are fading fast.
He said: "I'm frustrated for my team that we haven't come away with something.
"We have come up against a very aggressive Sheffield Wednesday, albeit fairly I might add, who were wound-up and ready for the battle.
"I think the play-offs are now probably out of our reach with six games to go, but what annoys me is that we have enough quality to improve and to take this team on further. I'm like everyone else, I want it to happen a bit quicker than what we are going to get at the moment."
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