BARNSLEY survived a second-half scare to move off the bottom of League One with Saturday’s 3-2 success at Colchester United.
Goals from Conor Hourihane and Adam Hammill gave the Tykes a 2-0 lead at the interval and the visitors then added a third through Ivan Toney.
However, the U’s set up a very nervy finale when pulling two goals back in quick succession through George Moncur and then Chris Porter.
The success moved the Tykes up to 21st and only goal difference away from being out of the dropzone.
Relieved Tykes boss Lee Johnson said: “I thought first half we were outstanding.
“I thought we were great and really solid and limited them to nothing, we could have had a couple more before half time.
“They had a couple of warning shots which at times we dealt with it and times we didn’t. I am disappointed in the last 25 minutes but delighted to win it.
“It’s still a young group but all our solidness and great shape first half went to pot second half. All I wanted to do is remind everyone that this is a really big win for us, over 90 minutes we fully deserved it. Our performances have been consistent but yes we are conceding too many goals. We can get a decent little run now.”