Abia Warriors coach Emmanuel Deutcsh expressed joy in his team's doggedness following their 1-0 win over El Kanemi Warriors at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Monday.
The Uchendu Warriors earned their first away win of the season in recent 1-0 triumph over MFM FC and hoping to secure their third win in four games against the Borno Army.
After a goalless first half, Samson Obi's 49th minute strike off Chinedu Ozor's cross was all the hosts needed to see off the hard-fighting Borno Army in Umuahia.
After the slim win, the Cameroonian tactician heap praise on his side's doggedness, having held their nerve to avoid a home slip-up against Imama Amapakabo's side.
"It was a very tough game and [El Kanemi Warriors] played very well," Deutcsh told media.
"They [El Kanemi] came here to defeat us because of their situation as they are facing relegation battle with the way they played us. They are a good team with a sound coach and we knew that they defeated Akwa United in their last match.
They came here to fight for points and at some points, we relaxed a little thinking we've won which allowed them to attack us. It is not easy to winning team like us and we hang on our goal.
"In the end, we were victorious because I trust the boys I put on the pitch. I'm happy because we won, even though by just a goal but we got the three points. Hard work and determination are keeping us going as a team."
The win propelled Abia Warriors to sixth on the Nigerian topflight log with 32 points from 22 games this season.