Moroka Swallows finally ended their eight-game winless streak when the Soweto outfit beat bottom-of-the-log Golden Arrows 1-0 in a PSL clash at Dobsonville Stadium
Vuyisile Wana scored the only goal of the game shortly before the hour mark to hand the embattled Birds team their first win of 2014, having failed to bag a single win in the New Year, their last coming on December 18.
Wana's goal was one of a handful of bright moments in a game that lacked action and tempo, resulting in a distinctly dull affair in Soweto.
The home side, desperate for three points, went on the offensive early with Nomvethe forcing a strong clearance from the Arrows defence after a well taken free-kick on the right.
Nomvethe and Dikgang Mabalane exchanged shots at goal after six minutes, before Bongi Ntuli had a good chance squandered by the safe hands of Swallows goalkeeper Greg Etafia, who held on to a solid effort after 27 minutes.
Having headed into the half-tme break goalless, Wana made the most of a rare chance, grabbing the opener in the 58th minute, thanks to an accurate free-kick from Swallows skipper Lefa Tsutsulupa, who found his target inside the area, as Wana nodded home.
Swallows survived a late scare as Etafia parried away a powerful effort from Zambia international Chris Katongo, who belted an effort goalwards, only to be denied by the shot-stopper.
In the end, Wana's strike proved enough to see out a vital win for the Birds, but did little to help them climb up the table, staying put in 12th place in the Premiership standings.
Arrows, meanwhile, suffered their 16th defeat of the season from 21 games, as the KwaZulu-Natal side continued to struggle.