Manager Stephen Robinson felt his side thoroughly deserved the three points against Gillingham yesterday.
Midfielder Ryan Flynn netted a last minute winner to lift Athletic off the bottom of the table and the manager was delighted with his side’s performance.
He said: “I thought it was going to be another frustrating day but the lads dug in and showed superb character.
“We went 1-0 down from an individual mistake and Brian held his hands up but he showed great character to get back in the game and he was superb this afternoon.
“I thought we deserved to win and had we have scored four of five goals I don’t think anybody would have said it was an injustice.
“I think they only had a claim for a penalty and we had a claim on Freddie as well but I think we thoroughly deserved it and the boys showed super character."
Crystal Palace loanee Freddie Ladapo scored his first goal for Latics to draw the sides level and boss Robinson praised both his goalscorers after the game.
“Freddie took his goal well and he came on and gave us a little bit of life,” Robinson commented.
“We’ve got options now and the strikers have started scoring goals so hopefully the chances we are creating, we deserve to be further up the table.
"Ryan Flynn deserved his winner and has been excellent the last three or four games. He’s set his stall out now and he’s been very good.
“He’s getting an understanding with Paul Green and Ousmane Fane so I was delighted he got the winner."
Latics now have a week to recover before travelling to the Macron Stadium to face Bolton Wanderers.
“I’ve challenged the boys to go on a run and keep the consistency going,” Robinson admitted. “We know it’s only the start of things and we have to keep going.
“The only disappointing thing was that the performance was not at home to show everybody what a good team we are.”
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