Denis Betts praised former Crusader Lloyd White after his side’s 37-36 win over Wigan.
Widnes achieved their first win in Super League since being readmitted this season, and their first in all competitions since defeating Batley 24-22 in July last year.
Wigan were without several key players including Sam Tomkins, Pat Richards and Sean O’Loughlin, but that didn’t stop White inspiring Widnes to a famous win despite playing out of position for most of the season.
Betts said: “Lloyds been doing a great job for us playing half back, because we haven’t got any half backs.
“I brought him here as a rotation hooker, he has a great future in that position he just hasn’t been able to play there.
“What you saw was a lad who, once he is in that position, he is comfortable and found himself a position to drop a goal.”
Betts went onto praise his Widnes side for refusing to give up throughout the match. Wigan raced to a 21-0 lead inside the first 10 minutes of the match, before Widnes brought the scores level to 18-all by half time.
After the restart Wigan once again raced into a commanding 18 point lead, leading 36-18 before Widnes drew the scores level again which gave White the chance to drop a famous goal for the Vikings.
Betts said: “We have been getting better slowly but nobody would believe me. It was a tough game, and we showed a lot of character.
“We had to fight really hard to stay in the game at one stage. We’ve had a little bit of luck but most of it has been bad this year. We had to hang on to get the win.”