Denis Betts’ says Widnes’ 28-20 victory over Leeds on Monday was just reward for the team’s persistence in recent weeks.
Ryan Ince weighed in with a couple of tries in each half in a seesaw game that saw the lead change hands three times after the break.
Betts said: “I’m a happy man. It was one of those bizarre situations where I was feeling a bit aggrieved in some of the things we’d done or not done to close the game out – and then we score two tries.
“I had the ‘here we go again’ feeling. We just needed to win this tight one. Leeds are a pretty good side. They had no Danny Maguire but not many more (players missing) so this is a fantastic win for us.
“This victory has been coming. We have been pushing and pushing. We have played well in patches but never been far off. We need to start winning – we can’t keep saying ‘if only’.
“There are games where we have been in control and lost – Wigan, Hull and Castleford. The facts are we should have won those games but didn’t.
“We are now starting to get players back and the likes of Rangi Chase is now getting more sessions under his belt so he’s understanding what we’re about. He’s getting used to the calls and more comfortable with the other players.
“Ince’s a product of the system – a system the RFL told us to forget five years ago. We kept on with it and just look at what we are doing bringing local players through.
“Ryan is one of those. He showed his quality in the chances he has been given.
“He’s a great finisher and he just loves scoring tries. He knows the opportunities are there and he just puts the blinkers on and goes for it. He’s a special talent.”