Blackpool rode their luck to earn local bragging rights despite a less than convincing display against Fleetwood – not that Neil McDonald cares.
A first-half own goal by Nathan Pond proved decisive as Blackpool ended a run of seven straight defeats and are now just one point from climbing out of the League One relegation zone.
It was hardly a classic performance from McDonald’s men but a win was all that was on the manager’s wish-list.
The Pool boss said: “I’m well pleased. We had put ourselves under pressure by not winning games.
“We were playing against a team we had never played against in the league. It was always going to be a pressure game.
“We played well in the first half and got our goal with a little bit of luck. It’s that bit of luck we’ve not been getting in the last few games.”
Fleetwood dominated throughout and will feel they deserved a point at least on a wet and windy afternoon at Bloomfield Road.
But after such a dreadful run, McDonald feels it’s about time his side enjoyed some good fortune.
He said: “We’ve certainly played better during our losing run but we will take that. We’ll take a scrappy 1-0 win any day.
“We’ve been on the wrong side of that fine line too often this season. Against Fleetwood we were on the right side for once but we aren’t out of the trouble. We still have to keep on working hard for each other.
“Everyone wanted to win as it was against Fleetwood but we came out on the right side of it.”
Pool had on-loan keeper Dean Lyness to thank for a number of fine saves, as well as a solid bank of four ahead of him.
The win relieves pressure on the Seasiders, who were just one defeat from matching the club’s worst ever run of results.
McDonald admitted: “When you lose games you put yourself under pressure but we got through it.
“We showed resilience and determination to keep a clean sheet. I think we deserved the win.
“We have played better in games and lost, so why shouldn’t we enjoy it when we don’t play well but win?
“We rode our luck at times. We were bound to be a bit nervous when we had lost seven in a row.
“They threw caution to the wind in the second half but we held strong.
“When they did get through our goalkeeper pulled off some fantastic saves, which was brilliant for everyone.”