Blyth Spartans keeper Peter Jeffries admitted that his side made life uncomfortable for themselves during the win over Kings Lynn Town.
But he still felt that they were full value for all three points.
Goals from Dan Maguire, Robbie Dale and Jarrett Rivers put the home side into a three-goal lead before the visitors struck twice in the space of five minutes to send the nerves around Croft Park.
However, Tom Wade’s side held on and Jeffries admitted that was “all we wanted”.
He said: “We made it very hard for ourselves. We were coasting when the third goal went in and we just needed to do the right things to get the win.
“There was a silly foul on the edge of the box and the free kick was superb.
“That let them back in, but in the end we stuck together and got the three points, that was all we wanted.”
Spartans’ back four were given a tough test by the Linnets frontmen Greg Smith and George Thomson, with former Grantham Town striker Smith causing problems with his strength.
However, Jeffries paid tribute to the defence in front of him and felt that they managed the threat well to take a vital win.
“They were direct but the back four did very well,” he said.
“All four of them coped well with the long ball into the lad up front.
“To be fair we have played a lot of teams recently who were that direct, so it’s something we getting used to.”
Whilst Spartans are in the process of an FA Cup run, it has left them playing a serious case of catch up in the league as they hold as many as eight games in hand on some teams.
Jeffries admitted that the upcoming second round tie at Hartlepool United was on everyone’s minds, but he assured Spartans supporters that the players will continue to give their all in fixtures before the trip to Victoria Park.
He added: “It’s a good three points and hopefully we can kick on and get ourselves up the league table.
“We needed the win and whilst we are in the FA Cup we are going to fall further being in games played.
“People say the Hartlepool United game isn’t in our heads, but I think it is there somewhere, but as we did today we will continue to give our all because the league is very important to us.”