Wigan boss Roberto Martinez says his side are "ready to fight" for their Premier League status after the Latics' vital 2-1 win over Bolton.
Goals from Gary Caldwell and James McArthur - either side of Mark Davies's effort for Bolton - left the bottom five separated by just two points.
"We have got a really strong and committed group and we're ready to fight," Martinez told BBC Sport.
"I'm glad we could overcome that mental block. It was a mature performance."
Wigan looked to have thrown three points away when McArthur missed a good chance and Bolton hit back through Davies's long-range strike.
But McArthur made up for it with the winner, which will be a huge boost to Martinez's side, who now jet off to Oman for a mid-season training camp.
"The players deserve to [enjoy the warm weather]. There's been too many times this season that we've played well but it's been difficult to get the reward in the scoreline," said Martinez.
"The most important thing is to play consistently, in the manner we have in the last two games. If we continue to do that we will achieve our aim.
"In the two previous games - against Queens Park Rangers and Spurs - we couldn't perform for 90 minutes. I'm so glad we could overcome that fear because we didn't perform like a bottom three team today.
"The next 13 games are really important for us. We're catching up a little bit."
Bolton boss Owen Coyle admits the defeat was a missed opportunity to move out of the bottom three.
"Today was a great opportunity to move up maybe three places in the league, but we've let the opportunity pass us by," said Coyle. "We've shot ourselves in the foot."
Coyle praised 19-year-old forward Ryo Miyaichi, on loan from Arsenal, who came off the bench and forced a save from Ali Al-Habsi late on.
The Wanderers boss says he understands why the home fans jeered at full-time, but has called on them to get behind the side as they scrap for survival.
"The supporters obviously want the team to win, and I understand their frustration," he added.
"We've shown in recent weeks that the Reebok can be a fortress and we need to get back to that because we have a lot of winnable games to come."