Bulls head coach Frans Ludeke was happy that his side escaped with the win over the Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
A late try from Cheetahs prop Trevor Nyakane set up a tense finish but replacement hooker Callie Visagie sealed the 26-20 win to end a three-game losing streak.
The victory means that the Bulls have closed the gap on the Cheetahs and Sharks at the top of the South African conference, with Ludeke now looking forward to the rest of the season.
"For tonight, we'll just take the win," said Ludeke to SuperSport.
"We've been chasing a win for the last three weeks. It was so close and tonight we did what we had to do. But credit to the Cheetahs. They are a good team, and it was a very important win for us.
"This was a big result and I think my players knew there was a lot at stake. It's a good platform for the rest of the season.
"Nine matches remain, so a whole season still lies ahead and that's why it was important just to get the wheels moving again.
"We saw good signs and we put plenty of pressure on them. They held us off but we threatened a few times to score.
"We're happy with our scrums. It was a big focal point for us the whole week. We worked hard on our scrums and tonight they really worked."