Preston North End manager Simon Grayson set his sights on promotion following a milestone moment at the ABAX Stadium.Grayson's 100th match at the North End helm ended in his 50th victory and was secured by a first goal for the club from on-loan Jermaine Beckford.
The striker borrowed from Bolton opened his account in first-half stoppage time with a classy finish after being picked out by fellow forward Kevin Davies.
And that proved to be enough to earn maximum points for a Preston side who had earlier hit the crossbar through a rising Paul Gallagher shot.
Grayson, who has taken Blackpool, Leeds and Huddersfield up from League 1, said: "Every win is important, but it is promotions that I want on my CV.
"We had to dig in at times, especially late on when under plenty of pressure.
"Jermaine could already have scored a few goals for us, but he showed his class to take that chance.
"His confidence was low when he came in, but he is the sort of player who will always score goals.
"Ideally we needed a second goal to make things more comfortable, but we are always confident we can keep teams out due to the number of clean sheets we are keeping."