Exeter manager Paul Tisdale was a relieved man after his side ended a near two-month wait for a home win by beating AFC Wimbledon 2-0 at St James' Park.
Jamie Cureton sent the Grecians on their way with a fine finish after latching on to an exquisite pass from Alan Gow, while John O'Flynn wrapped up the points with Exeter's second after being set up by Scot Bennett.
Not since a 3-2 win over Wycombe on September 18 had City won at home and the victory was only their second in 10 league and cup matches.
"It has been a long time coming,'' Tisdale said. "It was all about the win, the performance was secondary. It wasn't perfect, but it was satisfying to say the least.
"We started the game with a bit of energy and we put them under pressure. We defended from the front and we had some life about us, not that we haven't recently.
"Going into the game nothing was mentioned about the way we were going to play, it was about how we conducted ourselves defensively and in open play. It was all about the basics of the game and we were led superbly by John O'Flynn, who defended from the front and deserved his goal.
"In recent weeks we have had a lot of the ball and played very well. Here, the back four made it clear they were going to defend and do the basics. It was a solid all-round performance.''
Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley was very unhappy with the performance of his side. The Dons created few chances despite seeing plenty of the ball, although they were a distant second best in the first half.
"I am very disappointed and the players know how I feel as well,'' he said. "It's criminal when you come away from home and the opposition play with more energy and more desire and it just can't be had.
"We can accept the detail sometimes not being right, we can accept there are going to be mistakes at times but we can't accept that the basics for a good performance aren't there and the things that are in the players' control aren't there. That is what happened and that is absolutely unforgivable."