Manager Mark Robins admitted the result was more important than the performance after Barnsley eased their relegation fears with a 2-1 victory over third-from-bottom Scunthorpe.
Michael Collins scored the Iron's first goal on the road of 2011, but that came in stoppage time after a second half-brace from on-loan Blackpool striker Marlon Harewood had secured victory for the Tykes.
"I'm pleased because it's all about the result," said Robins, whose side put 12 points between themselves and Scunthorpe with the win. "It was a difficult one for us because we were expected to win,"
"I thought we controlled the game for most of it. Scunthorpe decided to sit in and try and make it difficult for us to break them down, which they did well. Then we got a bit of a rub of the green."
Robins reserved praise for Harewood`s two-goal contribution.
He added: "Marlon was better for us than he has been and got his reward with the two goals. With him and Danny Haynes up front we're trying to utilise the pace because that's their best asset."