Western Sydney Wanderers midfielder Nico Martinez feels his side finally got reward for their recent improved performances after a drought-breaking win over Newcastle Jets on Sunday.
Playing at Campbelltown Stadium - away from their regular homes of Spotless Stadium and ANZ Stadium - the Wanderers scored a goal in each half to run out 2-0 winners over Newcastle.
Lachlan Scott opened the scoring for Western Sydney with his maiden A-League goal, while Jaushua Sotirio added the second with just over 20 minutes remaining.
It was not only the Wanderers' first home win of the season but also made it back-to-back clean sheets following their stalemate with Sydney FC in the derby last weekend.
"We knew that we had to give something more," Martinez told Fox Sports when asked what has changed over the last fortnight.
"We are working hard of course but we had to change some small details.
"After the derby I think we have done it and now is the prize."
An even first half swung the Wanderers' way just before the break when teenager Scott produced a superb finish from just inside the box after a defence-splitting pass by Kearyn Baccus.
With the match still up for grabs, Sotirio made the result safe in the 68th minute when his deflected shot wrong-footed Jack Duncan in the Jets' goal.
The result takes the Wanderers up to seventh in the A-League table on 18 points – only behind sixth-placed Wellington on goal difference – ahead of a trip to Brisbane Roar next weekend.
"We needed [the win] because we're working very hard every week even though the results maybe weren't what we wanted," said Martinez, who put in another man-of-the-match display.
"Now I think we stepped up and we have to continue like this. We have to rest well and get ready for Brisbane."