Truro City manager Steve Tully admitted his own performance in defence was poor during the 3-2 victory at struggling Arlesey Town.
After conceding an early goal, Matt Wright, Jake Ash and Cody Cooke helped City to a Southern Premier League win.
"I was very poor and I said that to the lads," Tully told BBC Radio Cornwall.
"But you can't play well every week, and we didn't play well, but we've got enough about us to still go and win games and that's the main thing."
The win means Truro are just outside the play-off places in seventh, and are three points behind leaders Poole Town.
"It was one of those performances that we had to grind out, but we managed to do it," Tully added.
"When you give a team like Arlesey, who are near the bottom of the table, a one-goal head start it's always going to be a lot harder for yourselves and we made it hard for ourselves.
"I think we deserved to win it in the end; we didn't play well, but we go home happy as we've got three points."
And Tully felt that his side were very fortunate with their second goal, which he said was a handball by skipper Ash.
"I've called him Superman because he punched it in.
"It was clear, he went and put it in with his hand, but sometimes you have that little bit of luck and we had that today.
"He went for the header, lifted his hand, it hit his hand and went in and the referee gave it."