Forfar West End roared back to winning ways on Saturday with a four-goal romp over bottom-of-the-table outfit Kinnoull.
Graeme Hart hit a brace - taking his tally for the season to 25 - with Darren Scott and John Farquharson also on the scoresheet.
It brought an end to a torrid run of results that had seen Daryl McKenzie’s outfit slip to the danger end of the East Premier League table.
But the demolition of Kinnoull lifted the side up to 13th, and win a favourable run of fixtures and a lot of games in hand on the teams around them, West End should be confident of pulling well clear of the relegation zone and pushing right into the top half.
McKenzie was relieved to finally collect a victory.
He said: “It was a much needed win, it was our first in six games I think. We were against the bottom of the league in Kinnoull so it was three points we really had to get, and we won pretty convincingly.
“It sounds daft, obviously we’re happy to have got four goals but we could have scored at least double that. We must have had at least another four really good chances. Their keeper had a decent game and there was a bit of nervousness about our players in the first half just because the players knew how important the victory was.
“There was a little bit of edginess in our finishing and our final ball in the first half, but we once we scored that first goal we settled down and went on to score some pretty good goals. To score four and get zero against was a positive, it was a good clean sheet.”
Daryl admitted that while it can be a bit cliche for managers to becry poor fortune, he really feels his side suffered the stinging hand of Lady Luck far too often in their recent difficult run.
He continued: “It’s been a bit of poor play from us, certainly some indecision and a lot of bad luck. I know every manager says that but I think we lost every game by one goal.
“We probably should have won up at Montrose last week.
“We weren’t getting the breaks during that bad run and the small margins were going against us.
“We just needed to get that first win and get over the line, and that was the most important thing.
“Now we’re going into a more favourable run of fixtures where we’ve got some very winnable games, and we’re confident we’re going to pick up a few more victories.”
Next up for West End is a trip to face ninth-placed Jeanfield in a game McKenzie really fancies taking victory from.
He added: “We played them at home earlier in the season, we were 3-1 up with eight minutes to go and we ended up drawing 3-3.
“It’s a game we’re looking to win certainly. We’ve got a bit of an injury crisis unfortunately. We’ll have a very strong team on the park but we don’t have much on top of that.”
Elsewhere in the Juniors, Kirrie Thistle lost 1-0 to Kirkcaldy YM while Forfar Albion were beaten 10-1 by Scone Thistle.