Preston manager Darren Ferguson is hopeful his team can use the 1-0 win over Ipswich as a platform to build on over the Christmas period.
Iain Hume's superb 50th-minute strike after good work from Jon Parkin was the difference between the two sides and Preston could have won by more, but the post denied Billy Jones from a Danny Pugh corner.
Ferguson said: "It's a relief to get the win and hopefully, with the two draws coming into this match, it can be a springboard for us. It has been a long time coming and it was a good result for us.
"Looking back over the last three games we were 30 seconds away from having three clean sheets on the bounce and that is definitely the platform for success. It was a slow, nervy start, but the second half was better.
"I had a bit of a go at half-time and the players responded to it. But that's three games unbeaten now and hopefully we can move forward. We are still bottom, but you can't look at anyone else, only yourself.
"It is round about the 50-point mark that gets you safe and that means 10 wins out of 25. The game was the last of Iain Hume's loan and hopefully we can do something permanently in January. We will be trying our hardest."