Nelson Esor believes his Go Round side put the visitors under pressure to secure a vital three points following their 1-0 win over Wikki Tourist at the Krisdera Hotel Stadium, Omoku on Sunday.
The topflight debutants came into the encounter on the back of their disappointing 2-1 defeat to FC Ifeanyi Ubah in Nnewi and were hugely poised to return to winning ways against struggling Giant Elephants in Omuku.
Having failed to find a breakthrough in the first half, Ngozi Elechi's men broke the deadlock in the 54th minute courtesy of Shedrack Oghali's effort which turned out the winner for the hosts.
And the captain, who scored seven goals to power the team to secure a topflight status in 2017, revealed how they masterminded their second home win in a row to climb out of the relegation zone.
"It was a very tough game for us against Wikki Tourist," Esor told Goal.
"I think that we played against a very experienced side and felt they had studied and watched out matches before now. That's why the match was too hard for us because we couldn't break them down and score. But thank God that we took our chance and secured the points we needed.
"Before the match, we had said to ourselves that it was winning and nothing less. Like our normal way of play, the coach told us to keep the ball and put them under pressure by pressing them in their own half.
"We also marked the very closely without giving any space and that exactly what we did and it paid off for us. It was a great win for us. You know the joy of winning is always sweet and it will keep the team strong and focused too. It will as well make us as players believe in ourselves the more that we can do it."
The win powered Go Round to 14th position on the log with 26 points from 21 matches this season.