Wakefield skipper Danny Kirmond believes that grit and graft paid off for the Wildcats against Wigan on Sunday.
Trinity managed to pull off a 36-28 win, and the backrower felt that it showed just how strong the character of the team really is.
“I think it’s a real win for the character of the squad today, against a good Wigan team,” he said.
“Everyone’s going to say ‘oh, they had players missing.’
“But they’ve been beating teams with that squad that they’ve got out there, and they’re all really talented players.
“The way our boys dug in today, in what were pretty tough conditions because of the heat, I thought it was really pleasing.
“I think everyone at the ground really appreciated the effort.”
Wakefield made two comebacks from deficits during the game, and were 18-6 down at one stage. Kirmond admitted that earlier in the season his men might have folded.
“That’s the thing we talk about, the character in the squad,” he said.
“The way that players work for each other. If you look at the beginning of the season, when we’ve conceded three tries in a row, we’ve probably fallen away in the game a little bit.
“We knew we had to come back today, and the response was really good from all the players.
“All the players put in a lot of effort today and it was a real team performance.
“We’ve always known we’re a good attackin gteam when we put things together.
“Today we scored some great tries and we’ve created some great chances as well
“Wigan’s scramble defence was really good to stop us on a couple of occasions too.
“But we know we’ve got to keep building on that as well.
“We’re not going to get carried away with that win today.”