Warrington coach Tony Smith hailed his side’s character after they came from behind to beat Widnes 28-14.
In the opening game of The Qualifiers, the Wolves trailed 14-6 early in the second half but hit back to ultimately come away comfortable winners in the end.
He said: “It was a good game, a good contest. It was two teams fighting for their lives and it showed.
“Widnes had a real crack, it was the best I’ve seen them play for a while. They would have beaten plenty of Super League teams on that performance.
“We had to show some character to overcome that and show patience.”
Smith highlighted the contributions of Stefan Ratchford and Peta Hiku, and also youngsters Morgan Smith and Andre Savelio.
He added: “We didn’t have a player who didn’t try hard.
“They worked hard all week, it was a nice way to start, we’ve got another Super League team next week so it’s another challenge.”
The Wolves host Catalans next Saturday.