It wasn’t quite as important as a Grand Final but the joyous scenes at the end of Sheffield Eagles’ encounter with Dewsbury told their own story.
The Eagles have largely struggled during this season’s Kingstone Press Championship, being cast adrift of the top four which was their aim at the start of the campaign.
Mark Aston’s side knew the importance of ending their recent poor run, with the last gasp victory over the Rams sparking wild celebrations amongst a relieved Eagles side.
“You could see what it meant to the boys,” Aston said.
“They were all diving on and you’d have thought they’d won a grand final, but that’s where we have been at.”
The scene at half-time mirrored a similar pattern to what a frustrated Aston has witnessed in recent weeks.
The Eagles trailed by 14 points at the break with another crushing blow looking firmly on the cards.
Aston’s half-time chat seemed to spark something into his troops as the Eagles produced a stunning comeback, culminating in Menzie Yere’s last minute winning try.
“I just said what are you going to change, what are you going to do different,” he added.
“I keep asking and is anyone going to stand here and tell me because I’m sick of hearing my own voice, to be fair.
“The try before half-time when Mark Mexico ran with purpose when running for the line, is something I wanted them to do more and I think we did that.”
The victory could give Aston’s side a much needed boost as they look to claw their way back into top four contention, with a home game against basement club Workington Town next on the menu.
Whilst he was happy to see the Eagles back to winning ways, the Eagles chief knows there are many areas which need tightening up if they are to resurrect their season.
Aston again called for his troops get back to mastering the basics of the game as he continues to steer the Eagles ship through some choppy waters.
“We talked about doing the simple things,” Aston reiterated.
“Luckily enough, we came out with the result and that’s all that mattered. I did think we’d blown it as we flicked it and kicked it on second plays and I’m questioning them on that, but we got a second chance and thankfully, we took it.”