Bayer Leverkusen have gotten their Champions League fight back on track, with a much needed 2-0 win over Genk, to move into second place in Group E.
Michael Ballack and Lars Bender both scored to seal the defeat, in a match that helped undo some of the damage from Leverkusen’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea two weeks ago.
And manager Robin Dutt said that he was particularly relieved to clock up the win, after two straight defeats in the Bundesliga.
"It was an important victory for us,” he said. “People talked before the match about how we needed to win, but if you come off a run of three defeats in a row nothing is guaranteed.
"I saw a good mentality from my team today, even though not everything worked out perfectly, of course."
But despite the win being a big morale-booster for the club, Dutt still believes that there is room for improvement as Leverkusen prepare to face Valencia in their next Champions League group stage game.
"We sometimes lacked aggression and didn't apply as much pressure as we should have, but that has something to do with the confidence level after the latest results," he added. "The victory nevertheless feels great."
Leverkusen are currently just one point ahead of third placed Valencia, making the match up on October 19 particularly important for both sides to make their intentions clear to move through to the round of 16 stage.