Wigan boss Shaun Wane admitted the result was more important than the performance as the Warriors defeated St Helens 29-18 on Friday.
Saints were reduced to 12 men after Kyle Amor was dismissed early in the game, but Wane thought the visitors still provided a stern test for his team.
“I’m not really bothered how we play in a game like that, we just wanted to get two points – lots of credit needs to go to St Helens, who had a real dig at us,” said Wane.
“I thought we could have been a bit smarter, but we scored some good tries. I thought Liam Farrell and ‘Lockers’ (Sean O’Loughlin) were good.
“Michael McIlorum asked to come off 12 minutes into the second-half, which is not like him, and he wanted to go back on at the end but my physio would have killed me.
“I had to overrule her to play him. His return was one of the biggest positives.”