Gareth Ainsworth was happy to win the ugly way as Wycombe continued their promotion charge with a hard-fought win at Dagenham & Redbridge.The only goal of the game came when Aaron Pierre poked home from close range after a third successive corner for Wanderers.
Daggers striker Jamie Cureton forced Matt Ingram to tip the ball over the crossbar and preserve his clean sheet following Ashley Hemmings' centre, while a Joe Jacobson free-kick struck the woodwork.
"It was absolutely vital we win and I think we deserved it. The shot count and possession will say that," said Ainsworth, whose team remain third in the Sky Bet League 2 table.
"Big Aaron and Alfie Mawson seem to have some competition going on for top goalscorer this year, which is great for your centre-backs. We are really pleased and it was a tough, tough game.
"We didn't reach the standards we had been setting lately, but winning when you do that is crucial to a promotion push.
"I don't think we would have deserved to have a killer blow at the end, but we have to defend for 95 minutes so I have given them a little bit in the dressing room.
"There is still no pressure and the lads are playing free, but they were tired and that showed and that gives me a heads up for the Easter programme."