Top-flight newcomers TS Galaxy finally got the monkey off their back after securing their first league win since October.
The Rockets have struggled to adjust to life in the DStv Premiership after buying the status of Highlands Park at the start of the campaign.
Their 3-0 victory over Maritzburg United on Wednesday lifted a huge weight off their shoulders. Goals from Wayde Lekay, Lindokuhle Mbatha and Felix Badenhorst secured the precious three points at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.
With coach Owen Da Gama notching up his first victory in charge since his appointment a fortnight ago, Galaxy climbed out of the relegation zone and are now in 12th position with 11 points.
“We applied ourselves and were working hard. It was a great result for the team. I knew deep down in my heart that we do not deserve to be in that position [the relegation zone],” said Da Gama.
“Team spirit was fantastic. We worked on confidence and encouragement. These boys have to be nurtured and taken care of. Mistakes will be made, but it’s how you react to those mistakes.
“When the going gets tough we have to be creative. Everybody has been doing this in the team.”
Since he succeeded Dan “Dance” Malesela, Da Gama has guided Galaxy in two games, the first being the 1-0 loss to Chippa United last week.
Galaxy face Orlando Pirates at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday.
“Every time you play the big teams it helps us go to another level. All teams in the PSL are good and you cannot undermine or overestimate anyone. Each team has to be respected. We want to carry forward the spirit we showed in our previous game into the match with Pirates,” said Da Gama, a former Pirates coach.