Castleford coach Daryl Powell praised his senior players after they edged past Wigan.
The Tigers ran-out 16-12 winners against the Warriors at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Friday night.
Castleford captain Michael Shenton made his 300th appearance in the match.
Powell said: “He’s a class player and obviously our captain.
“He’s been awesome in his time here and he keeps racking up milestones.
“He was excellent, we asked our leaders to stand up tonight and they did.
“It’s a pretty important win for us. It’s a significant one for us too, looking at the team we had out, we had a few young boys out there.
“It’s a huge win, all the values we placed so highly were out there in massive amounts today.”
Castleford stand-off Jake Trueman came off before the end because of illness.
Powell added: “He gets bad migraines that are exercise induced and he was really bad.
“He was struggling to see but it’s not something that will keep him out of the next game.”