Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane described Thursday’s 7-0 win against Widnes as his side’s “most satisfying” of the season to date.
The Warriors moved level on points with league leaders Hull ahead of their game with Castleford on Sunday after edging a scrappy, low-key affair in the driving rain in Cheshire.
And Wane insisted it was a win that ranked right up there, saying he was pleased with his side’s ability to stick in the fight through.
“Given the circumstances it was the most satisfying win of the season,” he said.
“I was really impressed tonight, the best team won and we had the guts and desire.
“We are not playing well and our attack is miles off where it can be but we have a real dogged spirit and never-say-die attitude.
“Widnes were at full strength on a pitch that suited them.
“We were down to the bare bones and we had a couple of players out there who shouldn’t have played.”
Wane handed a debut out to Jake Shorrocks and said in his pre-match press conference that both Sam and Joel Tomkins, as well as captain Sean O’Loughlin, should return for next week’s cup tie against Castleford.