Dragons head coach Kingsley Jones hailed his side's performance in their 21-16 win over Connacht at Rodney Parade on Friday.
The result moves the Dragons into ninth place on the table while the champions are languishing in 10th spot. Jones said the victory was crucial for his side's morale and is hoping they will continue to build momentum.
"It was critical," he told the BBC.
"We've had a difficult start but some good performances at home. If we get the right results our way, we're only a few points behind those eighth and seventh places.
"To get that tonight going into the Anglo-Welsh games was really critical for it. For an hour I was pretty composed and I'm a pretty composed coach but the last 10 minutes my legs were trembling.
"We finished well in a few games at home lately. It was a tight affair and Connacht are a very good side – they'll play to the death and from anywhere and can hurt you from nothing."