Hamilton Academical's 1-0 win at Ross County left their manager Alex Neil praising the Accies players for their determination but disappointed at the quality of their play.
Martin Canning headed in Ali Crawford's cross in the sixth minute and Hamilton held on to end a run of five away defeats in a row in the league and cups.
He told BBC Scotland: "I didn't think it was fantastic football but I thought we deserved to win it over the piece. Sometimes you've got to dig in.
"I don't think we played at our best but to go away from home and pick up three points is crucial and hopefully we can put better performances in in the games coming up.
"The first goal's crucial at this level. We always want to start every game well and get the first goal and build on it from there."
While the away form in all competitions has not been impressive in recent weeks, Neil was quick to defend his team's record in the Scottish Premiership.
"That's us won three of our last four league games," he said.
"Our form is good and that is up to third now.
"We're pleased with what we've managed to achieve so far but we won't rest on our laurels. We want to kick on and have as good a season as we possibly can."
County manager Jim McIntyre, whose team are second bottom of the league, said: "Yet again we've dropped our runner at the set play and they've punished us.
"It's so disappointing. We've been giving the team a lot of praise but that first 45 was unacceptable, really poor.
"We've got to show a bigger reaction when we lose a goal. We're at home and we need to give our punters a lift.
"In the second half we had some good chances to score and couldn't take them.
"Maybe with the situation we're in we're too desperate, not showing that bit of calmness when required.
"It was a very disappointing afternoon for us.
"You should be looking to pick up most of your points at home but for some reason we give ourselves mountains to climb here. The bottom line is that the quality wasn't there today."