Warrington boss Tony Smith saluted Wakefield's effort after his side recorded a 32-30 win in an 11-try extravaganza.
The Wolves would have been forced to settle for a draw if Isaac John had not been narrowly short with a touchline conversion attempt to Vince Mellars try six minutes from time.
Smith, whose side trailed until the hour, said: "Wakefield were terrific and outenthused us. They will no doubt feel a bit aggrieved although I thought we deserved to win. They have had a big turnaround of players and coaches and played with plenty of spirit."
He added: "We had to work too hard and are making it tough on ourselves at the moment. We are making a lot of mistakes early on and the unforced stuff is affecting us.
"We have been doing it for a few weeks and need to change it. There is also a lack of discipline and we are giving away too many penalties."
However, Smith picked out several Warrington players for praise after this Stobart Super League success.
He added: "Ben Westwood had one of the best games I've seen him play. He is a machine and I am running out of superlatives for him. He tried everything to lift us and Simon Grix was not far behind.
"Ben Cooper did a good job off the bench and it was good to give Brad Dwyer a run. He was thrown in a bit earlier than we hoped but it will have done him a world of good."
Wildcats coach Richard Agar, whose side have now lost five games in a row, said: "The most disappointing thing was Simon Grix's try on the seventh tackle. That was a bitter pill to swallow.
"It would have been hard for Smithy to argue if we had got a draw. We lost Danny Kirmond with a nasty facial cut and a bit of concussion and had to shuffle round a bit."