Manager Phil Brown hopes his Preston side have turned the corner after they ended a miserable run of results with a 1-0 victory at Hartlepool.
A goal from striker Neil Mellor proved decisive at Victoria Park and was enough for Brown's side to win for the first time in 10 league outings. Last season Mellor bagged a hat-trick for Sheffield Wednesday at Victoria Park and heaped more misery on the hosts as they suffered a seventh successive home defeat in all competitions.
"It's been a long time coming," said Brown. "We are all delighted because we have been suffering a tough run."
He added: "Again it could have been comfortable. At one-nil we have chances to see it off and the conditions weren't great for us.
"The back four stood up in the swirling wind and it was a difficult night for defenders who stood up to their tasks individually.
"You could go through the team and praise them and I'm delighted with Neil Mellor for his goal as well."
Mellor's goal came after Pools had a strong penalty appeal rejected. Peter Hartley's header across goal struck the arm of Jamie McCombe but referee Jock Waugh played on.
While chances for the visitors weren't coming, they did enough defensively to keep the home side at bay.
"We had to get a grip early doors and we did," added Brown. "Hartlepool didn't pose too much of a threat. They had two or three half-chances before half-time but we came back out, got a grip and thoroughly deserved the win I thought.
"This was all about turning a corner. They have been lacking in confidence and struggling to find their form - and playing the game as much as I did I can empathise with the players in tough times like this."