Castleford head coach Daryl Powell was thrilled to see his side put their three-game losing streak behind them with victory over Leeds.
After a terrific start to the season, the Tigers had seen their early season momentum flattened following defeat to St Helens, Salford and Widnes.
But after defeating their West Yorkshire neighbours 18-14 on Thursday, Powell expressed his delight at returning to winning ways.
“There’s been lot of soul-searching this week and the players responded really well,” he said.
“It was a big relief to break the losing cycle.
“We didn’t get everything right, but we worked hard and the effort was magnificent.
“I asked the players for something special individually and they certainly delivered that.
“For a team that has been rattled a fair bit, it was a magnificent effort, it’s probably the biggest win since I’ve been at the club.
“We’ve been in a really tough place and I asked the players individually for something special and they certainly delivered that.”