Derby County boss Paul Jewell breathed a massive sigh of relief after seeing his side register their first league win in almost a year by beating Sheffield United 2-1.
Former Blades striker Rob Hulse ended the Rams' long wait for three points, helping the lift the gloom that has surrounded Pride Park for several months.
Jewell said: "My feelings are a mixture of joy and relief for everyone at the club because it has been painful.
"It hasn't been nice, but I am a big boy and you've got to take criticism on the chin. But I believe that we can now get on a decent run and we will improve as the season goes on.
"I think the players showed great character and resilience. You start thinking that it's going against you, but in fairness to the players they never let their heads go down.
"I also think that the supporters have been the most patient anywhere in the world after what they've had to put up with in the last 12 months. Hopefully I can repay them in the long run."