BARNSLEY assistant-manager Chris Hutchings expressed his relief after the Reds survived strong pressure from Colchester to triumph 3-2 at Oakwell.
The win put the Reds level with tenth-placed Fleetwood in League One, with the victory the first time they have won three consecutive games since February 2013, during the club’s Great Escape season.
An early strike from Sam Winnall – his eighth in his past eight games and ninth of the campaign – was cancelled out by a goal from ex-Leeds United winger Sanchez Watt on 15 minutes.
Conor Hourihane’s tenth goal of the campaign in the 56th minute, with the ex-Plymouth man netting from the spot after Devante Cole was felled, put the Reds back in front and Peter Ramage headed in a third twenty minutes from time from Hourihane’s corner.
Freddie Sears soon fired home his 12th of the season to set up an anxious finale, but the hosts held out.
Hutchings said: “We got the win in the end and that was the main thing.
“They wrestled it away from us a little bit and we got a little bit complacent on the ball at times and they attacked us and caused us one or two problems and scored a goal, which we were not entirely happy about defensively.
“But we kept playing and in the end, got our just rewards.
“In the second-half, we came out of the blocks quickly and Conor gets the penalty and tucks it away as he has been doing all season very well and from the set-play Rammers (Ramage) had come up with a very good header.”
On two more home concessions at Oakwell, with Barnsley’s record of 18 league goals against representing the poor home defensive record in League One, Hutchings added: “It is always a concern when you are conceding goals.
“But as long as we score more than the opposition, it doesn’t matter.
“But seriously, we always look at that and are always looking to improve. It is something we are trying to eradicate and we have got to concentrate and be professional and make sure we don’t concede as many goals as we have been.”