Tranmere boss Les Parry felt his side were worthy of a 2-0 victory over fellow strugglers Dagenham & Redbridge which eased their relegation fears.
First-half goals from Enoch Showunmi and Ian Goodison moved Rovers six points clear of the drop zone and left the Daggers languishing just a point above fourth-bottom Bristol Rovers.
Parry said: "It was all about the result. It was nice to get a decent performance as well as the points. We created a lot of chances and should have had more goals."
He added: "But the early strike was very important. Dagenham did not give up for the full 90 minutes and full credit to them.
"Our lads stuck to the task and we were deserving winners. We tired a bit in the second half and we could have done with a third goal.
"They had a couple of occasions when they nearly scored but in the end we kept a clean sheet which is important.
"Things are looking better for us now with 49 points and a win on Tuesday night against Notts County could take us up to 16th place in the table."
Assistant manager Perry Harris admitted the Daggers had been left with a mountain to climb, saying: "The damage was done in the first half. We looked a tired side and we did not defend as well as we should have done.
"We had the majority of the play in the second half without causing too many problems. A few of the players have a sickness bug and it left them very weak.
"You need all guns blazing when you come to a place like Tranmere. But we've got to work on the positives. At least we've got a few days break to recharge our batteries. We need to get ourselves ready mentally and physically for our next game on Friday."
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