Steve Bruce was relieved to say goodbye to January and banish his manager-of-the-month hoodoo after guiding Hull to a 1-0 victory at Millwall.
A first-minute strike from David Meyler, whose loan move from Sunderland was made permanent on January 8, was enough to secure a first league win of 2013.
Meyler’s solitary strike also lifted the Tigers back level on points with Leicester with only goal difference keeping Bruce’s side behind the Foxes in the race for the second automatic promotion spot.
It was a welcome win for Bruce, whose side had struggled since he was named the npower Championship’s manager of the month for December, and the ex-Sunderland boss insisted he could now look forward.
“I’m pleased to get January out of the way with the nonsense that goes on - I’m amazed my phone hasn’t rang today,” he said.
“Since I got that flaming award we’ve not won. I said that the time - I think it’s about five times that’s happened to me now.
“Last time I got it, I got the sack three months later. We’re unbeaten in seven away from home now but it is nice to get that first league win of the year.”