Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards praised his side's defence as they battled for a 15-14 win over Sale Sharks.
The Falcons' return to the Aviva Premiership got off to the worst possible start with a 21-0 drubbing at home to Bath on the opening weekend.
But the relegation favourites responded with a hard-fought win over Sale away from home on Friday, with former Scotland fly-half Phil Godman kicking four penalties before replacement Rory Clegg landed the winner late on.
"We probably edged it in the second half and deserved to win," said Richards.
"It was a tight affair and if we'd sorted out our defence of the rolling mauls in the first half it might have been a little bit further.
"Full credit to our boys; you look at the defence in the last five, 10 minutes. I thought we were under the cosh a little bit because we were quite happy to give them possession but I thought we defended extremely well, put our bodies on the line and that was probably the thing that got us the result."
"You look at the conditions last week, atrocious conditions, and we turn up today and it's pretty poor conditions again today.
"In the first two weeks of the season you expect either sunshine or some reasonable conditions. We've had neither so far and we've come away with a win and a loss."
Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond was left disappointed after his side had done so well to win away at Gloucester last weekend.
Diamond however refused to blame fly-half Nick Macleod for the loss, despite him missing plenty of shots at goal.
"I thought first half we had a lot of ball and tried to do stuff with it, we got a try in the corner, and we just couldn't get away from Newcastle," said Diamond.
"Second half I thought they were a far better, streetwise team than ourselves, didn't allow us to play and a couple of decisions went against us. (I'm) thoroughly disappointed. That's how it goes, but on their second-half performance I think they deserved their win.
"We expect our kickers to be at high percentages and he had a bit of an off day in that department, but tight games are won and lost on the kicks.
"Newcastle won it tonight through having an accurate kicker and being a bit more streetwise in the game."