Danny Wilson feels Barnsley now have the belief to escape relegation after a vital 2-1 win at fellow-strugglers Charlton.
Goals in each half from Jean-Yves M’voto and Tom Kennedy hauled the Tykes off the foot of the Championship and to within two points of their opponents, who remain just above the drop zone.
“It’s the result we needed to give ourselves a chance, that’s for certain,” said Tykes manager Wilson. “We had a real calmness about us, especially with the atmosphere and everything surrounding the game.
“Charlton started very well and had us on the back foot but without causing our goalkeeper too many problems.
“Then to get the goal like we did was a real body blow for them. After that we controlled it for long periods.
“It’s a big psychological boost and gives us the belief we can do it. We won’t get carried away but we’ve given ourselves a chance.”
Charlton, knowing victory would lift them up to 17th and drag the likes of Blackpool and Birmingham into the scrap at the bottom, were the dominant team throughout.
But their season-long goalscoring problems cost them yet again, especially in the opening half-an-hour.
Addicks boss Jose Riga was again left to reflect on their goalscoring problems.
“We cannot face more reality than today,” he said. “We had control of the game, but we have to score before we concede. We conceded a goal from their only opportunity in 45 minutes.
“We deserved more. Callum had a header, Jacko and Marvin, we had enough opportunities. Barnsley are not an easy team but we have to be efficient.
“We have young players so maybe it’s the pressure of the situation.
“But we still have destiny in our hands. They needed to win this match, we did not.”
The Addicks suffered a further blow with the news that defender Rhoys Wiggins will miss the rest of the season after suffering a foot injury on Tuesday night.
The 26-year-old left-back suffered a metatarsal injury during the closing stages of the 2-1 defeat against Barnsley and will now miss the rest of the campaign.
It is a repeat of an injury which kept Wiggins sidelined for four months last season.