Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade hailed "an important victory" as his side returned to winning ways by beating Plymouth 2-0.
After losing three and drawing one of their previous four matches, first-half goals from Scott McGleish and Dean Cox saw Orient reignite their play-off push.
Slade said: "It was an important victory and we kept a clean sheet which was good on a pitch that wasn't great."
He added: "We set our stall out to be resilient because we knew that the type of opposition was going to be quite direct off Rory Fallon, who is a very strong forward. I thought we coped with that quite well.
"We got off to a great start with a couple of great crosses and we probably could have another goal actually from Alex Revell with a header, but I'm really pleased with the result.
"Now we`ve got Southampton here on Saturday, obviously they are looking for automatic promotion and they are probably my bet for to go up automatically.
"We know that is going to be a very tough game because they have threats all over the pitch. They are a very talented side and probably should not be in this division but we are looking forward to the game."
Plymouth boss Peter Reid was left to curse a poor start, with his side two goals down inside 13 minutes.
He said: "We just didn't get started in the game. We've had a bit of a break so people ask 'Were we rusty?`. I don't think so, I just thought we were second best at everything at both ends of the pitch and in the middle of the park.
"It was just so disappointing to tell you the truth because we didn't test them enough."
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