Sam Allardyce could not hide his delight after Blackburn snatched a dramatic 2-1 victory to sink Lancashire rivals Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.
Charlie Adam inexplicably headed into his own goal to hand Rovers the lead in the first league meeting between the sides in 30 years.
Substitute Matt Phillips looked to have secured a share of the spoils for the hosts when he equalised after 85 minutes, but Brett Emerton struck a winner four minutes into injury time.
Allardyce said: "You know there is no time for the opposition to come back then. We have got a very valuable three points and are very pleased to get our first away win."
Victory was especially sweet for Allardyce, coming at the club which sacked him 14 years ago.
He added: "You always want to do well against one of your old clubs if you've managed them, but it was a long time ago. It is great to see them up here. It is a bit of a fairytale for them."