Warrington coach Daryl Powell was a relieved man after his side came from behind to win 32-18 against fellow strugglers Toulouse.
On a tense night at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, the win for Powell’s side moves them six points clear of Toulouse, who sit rock bottom of the Super League table with four games remaining.
“We needed to win this game, we could not afford to lose,” Powell said.
“It was a tough game going into it knowing if you lose you hand the momentum to Toulouse.
“I’ve been involved in plenty of finals and big games in my coaching career but never felt as nervous as I did tonight.
“We fell apart defensively again which really burnt us at the end of the first half; and we found ourselves in a deep hole from being in complete control to having lost it.
“But we showed real character of hanging tough in the second half.
“The couple of sin-bins in the second half were crucial. Toulouse were on the line discipline-wise, and for us discipline was key and we were really good in that area.”
Daryl Powell putting his stamp on Warrington
Warrington will seek a strong ending to the season ahead of a big 2022. They face Leeds, Castleford, Huddersfield and Salford in their remaining games.
The Wolves have made a big statement of intent ahead of next season. Powell has bolstered his pack with the signings of front-rowers Paul Vaughan, Josh McGuire, Gil Dudson and Sam Kasiano. They also signed prop Thomas Mikaele and back-rower Matty Nicholson from Wigan midway through this season.
The Wolves have six players out of contract at the end of the season – Jack Hughes, Eribe Doro, Matt Davis, Robbie Mulhern, Gareth Widdop and Jacob Gannon.