Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder was glad to see the back of October after his side suffered four straight defeats.That run saw his side slip out of the Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off places and into the lower reaches of the division.
But goals in each half from Kaid Mohamed and substitute Alex Nicholls, his first since his career threatening injury in 2012, sealed a 2-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon.
The poor run had coincided with a spate of injuries for Wilder's team and with top scorer Marc Richards sidelined, the goals had dried up.
The Cobblers boss was, therefore, delighted to return to wining ways at Sixfields, saying: "It wasn't a vintage performance but today was all about getting over the finishing line and picking up the three points.
"We badly needed the win. I didn't think we were a million miles away in those four defeats, even against the leaders last week. But it was important to keep a clean sheet today and give ourselves a platform to build on.
"My two central defenders were outstanding and so was my keeper Jordan Archer. We kept Adebayo [Akinfenwa] quiet and Wimbledon didn't really threaten us even though they had a bit of pressure late.
"There were good performances all the way through the side and it was great for Alex Nicholls to get that goal, it will be a great boost for his confidence. He's had a few chances since he's come back and hopefully he can push on now."