Plymouth boss Carl Fletcher expressed his delight as Argyle ended a seven-match wait for a win in npower League Two with a 2-0 home victory over York.
Plymouth took a 44th-minute lead when the ball ricocheted off Minstermen left-back Jamal Fyfield and in, helped over the line by Rhys Griffiths following Luke Young's corner from the left.
Substitute striker Nick Chadwick claimed the second goal in the 89th minute after Michael Ingham made a superb save to keep out Young's thumping shot from 18 yards following Mark Molesley's defence-splitting run.
Fletcher said: "It was a big win and good to keep the clean sheet as well. We completely dominated the game. I don't think York had a shot on target. It was not anything majorly different to what we have been doing for the last couple of months really just that we got the rub of the green and a couple of goals, which the performance deserved.
"We have had it so often this season where we are in control and something falls to them and it goes into the back of the net. You are always worried about that, especially at 1-0. But thankfully we got that second goal just to ease all the nerves around the place and fully deserved it."
York boss Gary Mills said: "We were second best to everything from start to finish. They were winning more second balls virtually for the 90 minutes, obviously that was disappointing.
"If you are not going to win second balls and are second best to everything, like we were, then we are going to end up losing games. Plymouth thoroughly deserved the three points and we got what we got: absolutely nothing.
"It's basic. We passed the ball very well last week but we got the ball in the first place to enable us to play.
"Today was totally different, they were in our faces from the word go and didn't allow us to pass the ball and when it's like that you sometimes have to hook the ball on and put their back four under pressure.
"My back four were under pressure for 90 minutes because we didn't do that. It's not complicated, it's simple. We have to be better than we were just by anticipating where that ball is going to be and getting their first. We were second to it."