Manager John Sheridan described last night’s 1-0 victory over relegation rivals Blackpool as a massive result.
A goal early in the second half won the game for Latics as Matt Palmer fired past Seasiders goalkeeper Colin Doyle to finish off a fast flowing move.
That result lifted Latics above their opponents and only goal difference now keeps Sheridan’s men in the bottom four.
Speaking after the game, he said: “It was a massive three points and we just have to concentrate on ourselves now.
"I knew it was going to be a scrappy game. Blackpool have had some good results away from home, they drop deep and make life difficult for you and I knew they would do that.
“The game was scrappy in the first half and we didn’t really get going and I was annoyed at half time and I made my feelings known to them at half time.
“I felt we were a bit unsure of how we were supposed to be playing but I felt we were the better team in the second half and deserved to win the game.
“The strikers were more of a handful in the second half and the shape of the team was better.
"I thought it was an excellent goal to win the game. It was a good passage of play, we moved the ball quickly and it’s a great finish from Matty.
“We got the goal and it was enough to win the game for us so I’m pleased.”
The pitch caused a few problems for both sides and whilst Sheridan admits it is not conducive to good football, it’s just about getting victories.
“I would love us to play good passing football but it’s not the time for that now,” he admitted.
"All I want to do is get three points from every game and you can see the relief from everyone. The supporters were great again because they got behind the team.”
Attention quickly turns to Saturday as neighbours Rochdale are the visitors to SportsDirect.com Park.
“It’s a derby game but we have the belief to get out of the bottom four and long may it continue,” Sheridan said. “
We have a bit of momentum so we just need to keep winning games. There will be a few more games like that this season but we just need to make sure we come out on top.”