However, the under pressure manager insisted it had not been a "must-win" fixture for his side.
A late headed winner from Ryan Bennett earned the three points for the hosts.
"We knew this was a big game," he said.
"I want to do the best job that I can, because with every manager there is a trust put in them to develop a group of players and do as well as you can.
"I saw it as a big win. It is so tight down there it is very difficult to talk about must-win games, but I know it is an important win - for the fact the opposition are close to us in the division and it is a close game.
"You have to not panic and be composed, things can change over one game or a two-game period.
"It is never nice when there is a lot of criticism around, but it is part and parcel of the game and for any criticism that I might have had or feelings about my job, maybe next week it will be someone else.
"The good part about this game is there is always the challenge of the next one."
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