Motherwell manager Stuart McCall admits that his side were far from their best despite a 2-0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Fir Park.
But the victory puts his side level on points with second-top Aberdeen.
"We know we can play better and we've got to aim to be better," McCall told BBC Scotland of the Premiership win.
"But it is a clean sheet - something we've not been good at of late - a win against rivals going for Europe and two really good goals."
First-half goals from Lionel Ainsworth and John Sutton were enough to secure victory over Sunday's losing Scottish League Cup finalists.
"I certainly don't think we were at out best, but we've had lots of games this season when we've been the better team and not won, so we'll accept that tonight," said McCall.
McCall paid tribute to Caley Thistle, who had more of the chances at Fir Park, and his own goalkeeper, Gunnar Nielsen.
"I think they, in the second half, passed the ball well and I think Gunnar was excellent for us," he said.
"They played a shape where they got an extra man in the middle of the park and they kept the ball better than us, but I still felt we carried an attacking threat.
"But we were up against a good side and they showed why they're up there and why they'll be challenging until the end of the season."
Motherwell host Ross County on Saturday and then face another relegation threatened side, Kilmarnock.
"I'm not happy with that performance and the boys know we can play better and move the ball better, but the bottom line is, it's three points," added the Motherwell manager.
"We'll take the positives out of it and we'll look towards Saturday and hopefully play better, but if the result's the same, I'll take that.
"We've got two home games now - Ross County and Kilmarnock - and then we go up to Inverness on 1 April and then St Mirren and that takes us to the split."