Wolves winger Michael Kightly admitted his side were not winning games with the flair and style supporters had become accustomed to, but insisted that, at this late stage of the season, it was sometimes about "winning ugly".
The England Under-21 star's sweet 76th minute strike was enough to see off struggling Nottingham Forest and provide Championship leaders Wolves with a five-point cushion at the top of the table.
With Blues and Reading dropping points again, Kightly's first goal for 25 games could yet be the most important of his career.
He admitted a future in the top flight was a massive incentive for him and his team-mates and a potentially new experience for the majority of them.
"It is massive for all of us to get up," he said. "There are not many players in our dressing room who have played in the Premiership and if we get there it will be a massive achievement.
"We believe we are a decent side and we have good characters in there. We are young and ambitious and we believe we can get promoted. We have turned things around recently and just want to carry on until the end of the season."
Kightly admitted the game against Billy Davies' relegationthreatened side had not been pretty. "It was a bit of a stalemate at first and we should have maybe punished them a bit better with the possession that we had," he said. "But in the second half I don't think Wayne (Hennessey) had a save to make and it was just nice to get a chance and see it go in.
"Early on in the season we were playing teams off the park but you can't do that late on in the season. Everyone is grafting now to stay up or get in the play-offs or something and games have become really ugly. We have had to learn how to win ugly and the last few games haven't been great but we have come out winners.''