Blaise Matuidi says Paris Saint-Germain were not at their best in their narrow 2-1 victory over Ajaccio but believes the result is all that matters.
The 26-year-old scored the winner in a less than convincing performance against the hosts who are rooted to the bottom in Ligue 1.
However, the midfielder believes it was of fundamental importance to claim the three points even if they did not reach their normal high standards.
"We knew coming here it was going to be difficult. Ajaccio are a team that are playing for their survival," Matuidi told Canal+.
"We came, we connected, we played on Wednesday [in the Coupe de France] and used a lot of energy. The bottom line is winning and the manner of it, we tried to play football."
Ezequiel Lavezzi equalised for PSG just before half-time following Ajaccio's shock lead courtesy of Eduardo. Matuidi's diving header ensured the hosts' effort was in vain and he says it was a difficult game.
"They afforded us opportunities but they created chances too. The score seems deserved," he continued.
"The pitch was not easy to play on. It was very dry and hindered us. But we do not make excuses, the main thing is to win this match to continue our march forward."
Laurent Blanc's men have now opened up a five-point gap at the top after Monaco drew with Montpellier, but Matuidi insists there is still a long way to go in the title race.
Asked if the win gave them a comfortable cushion in the championship, Matuidi replied: "It's too early to say.
"It's good to win and maintain the gap but the season is still long and we show that we are there and we will not give up."