Exeter manager Paul Tisdale was delighted with his side as they beat Oldham 2-0 to end a run of five league games without a win.
Daniel Nardiello opened the scoring when he rounded off a fine move with a cool finish into the bottom corner after eight minutes and Guillem Bauza wrapped up the points when he volleyed in from Jake Taylor's knockdown.
"I'm very pleased. We needed a result today and that was important," Tisdale said. "We started really brightly, but it is the third game in succession that we have started like that. We got some rewards off the back of that."
He added: "There was a resolve about us today that we haven't had. We were never going to be able to repeat that for the whole game. Human nature dictates and as soon as we were 2-0 up, Oldham were always going to release the shackles and go forward and we had to respond.
"We are not entitled to dominate a whole game yet for 90 minutes off the back of the last month we have had. I am more than happy to concede that last half an hour in terms of us holding the line and doing all the dirty work.
"It was a complete performance from us, our goalkeeper had to make some fantastic saves, but the chemistry was right today. I had intelligent players in the right places on the pitch and that is what can happen."
Oldham boss Paul Dickov felt his side's second half performance was superb, but the Latics paid the price for conceding two sloppy goals.
The first was from an excellent Exeter move that led to Nardiello slipping the ball into the corner, but he perhaps had reason to grumble with the second as Scott Golbourne's deep cross was headed down by Taylor for Bauza to lash home.
"I don't think we started the game well and then I thought it was pretty even until they scored. It was a sloppy goal from our point of view and then I thought we were excellent second half," Dickov said. "How we haven't got something out of the game I will never know. Their goalkeeper has made five unbelievable saves, we have hit the post and the boys are saying we should have had at least two penalties.
"I am always on at the boys about staying in the game. At 1-0, you have a chance, but 2-0 down, you have a mountain to climb. They were two poor goals to give away, but second half, I think that is the best we have played this season. We moved the ball well and got the ball in the box. But I don't know what their goalkeeper had pre-match because he was unbelievable."
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