Jonson Clarke-Harris, who was voted Optima Cars man of the match on Saturday, was delighted to get the victory over Crawley Town.
The striker, who signed a contract extension with the club at the start of the year, played a huge role in securing Saturday's victory but was quick to praise his fellow teammates for their efforts.
He said: "Three points was definitely needed. I thought the boys played really well and it was good for them to dig deep in the second half and we deserved the win.
"It's more about the points than the individual performance. I'm just happy the lads got the three points to put daylight between us and the bottom four teams.
The 19-year-old had a great opportunity to make the scoreline more comfortable and the striker was disappointed not to get on the scoresheet.
"I was a bit gutted not to score one myself, especially the one Dayton has put into the box and looking back, I should have gone with my right foot but I didn't," admitted Clarke-Harris.
With a quick turnaround in fixtures, Latics travel to London to take on third-placed Leyton Orient and the striker believes they can take their confidence into that game.
He said: "We're all confident we can go to Leyton Orient tomorrow and get another three points so we need to keep believing and hopefully we'll get the result."
The 'Optima Cars Man of the Match' is awarded at all home games and the player winning the most awards will receive a special Optima Cars prize at the end of the season.