Rotherham United boss Steve Evans felt his side should have killed off the game much earlier but still found much to cheer from their 2-1 win at Tranmere Rovers.
Alex Revell scored a goal in each half to put the Millers comfortably in front at Prenton Park but countless chances went begging for the visitors to see off Rovers.
And when substitute Andy Robinson pulled one back for the hosts late on, it was a little nervier than it needed to be.
But after extending their unbeaten run to four games the Millers remain fifth in the table and Evans could breathe a sigh of relief.
"Anything other than three points would have been a travesty," he said.
"We could have scored four or five and really we should have put the game to bed before Tranmere managed to pull one back.
"Prenton Park is a difficult place to come and it was a difficult surface.
"Tranmere were well organised but we stuck to the game plan that we had been working on and it paid off for us.
"We are enjoying playing away from home this season and we are picking up the points from our travels.
"If we do get into the play-offs at the end of the season then I won't care where the points come from because we do get good travelling support.
"The players covered every blade of grass and we were professional and got the result we came for.
"We fully deserved the win and now I am looking to get another against Leyton Orient on Saturday."
By contrast, Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore was left with much to ponder after his side spurned the chance to win successive home games for the first time all season and slipped to 18th in the table.
"We have got to come through this because we didn't pass the ball well and we never really had Rotherham in a panic until right at the end," said Moore.
"We knew they would come at us and they have hurt us. If we continue to play the way we're playing then there is only one way we are going to go.
"I am gutted with the way we played. We had to roll our sleeves up and have a scrap but if you can't pass from A to B then you won't win anything.
"No games are easy but you have to play each one as it comes.
"We have to conjure up performances full of guts and grit and determination and make sure we don't go down with a whimper like we did in this one.
"We need to get 50 points as soon as possible but they look a long way off.
"We played too deep but we need to show plenty of character now because we should be doing better."