Godspower Igudia says Akwa United were far from their best despite defeating Sunshine Stars 2-1 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.
The Promise Keepers were looking for their first win in four successive games after their Caf Confederation Cup ouster with Franklin Sasere's 47th minute leveler almost shattering their dreams.
Ifeanyi Ifeanyi's 42nd minute strike from the freekick spot handed the hosts the lead but Sasere brought the visitors level before Victor Mbaoma's 88th minute finish guaranteed their victory.
And the defender, who was Akwa United captain of the match is confident that they will improve with time this season as he appeals to the fans to keep up their support for the team.
"First and foremost, we have to appreciate God for the victory that he gave to us," Igudia told media.
"It has not been easy for us in our recent games. We know any team that's coming to play us will give their 120 percent for the match.
"Once any of our league opponents hear Akwa United, they will want to put in more of their efforts to surprise us. Personally, I know that we really didn't do well but I am happy we won.
"We just have to buckle up in other to compete well this season. I believe with time, things will improve for the team. I will only appeal to the fans to remain behind us no matter this situation."
The victory took Akwa United to fourth on the log with 26 points from 15 ties and will travel to face El Kanemi Warriors in Maiduguri this midweek.