Relieved boss Dean Saunders today challenged Wolves to use their return to winning ways as a springboard to beat the drop.
Last night’s convincing 2-0 win at Millwall ended a miserable run of 13 games without a victory – since December 21 at Blackpool – and lifted Saunders’ side out of the relegation zone to fourth-from-bottom, a point above the safety line.
Fellow strugglers Peterborough, Barnsley and Bristol City all drew, while Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday lost, although Posh, Barnsley and Wednesday have a game in hand on Wolves.
Saunders urged Wolves to continue their improvement, starting at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
“I just felt we were coming into this result sooner or later,” said the boss, who was greeted with a bear hug and pat on the back from chairman Steve Morgan.
“We have to make sure we build on this and don’t take a step back between now and the end of the season.
“The players have had kick in the teeth after kick in the teeth and we knew we had to win that game.
“Now we’ve won, hopefully we can push on and get ourselves out of the situation we’re in. We’re out of the bottom three now and hopefully the belief will come back.
“A couple of wins and we’ll be jumping above a few teams and looking to 12th, 13th, 14th. But there’s a long way to go yet.”
Saunders sensed his first Wolves victory was on the cards because of the animated attitude of the players before the game.
“What impressed me most was the determination of the players and the way they were talking before the game,” he said.
“But I was also impressed with the way they’ve stuck at it ever since they’ve been here.”
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake scored a stunning overhead second goal for his 12th of the season after setting up fellow recalled player Dave Edwards for the opener.
Wolves’ performance was their most complete and convincing yet under Saunders, but the manager felt elements of it left room for improvement.
“We’ve got to make the most of winning positions, and when we get in front, manage the game properly so we do certain things to stop giving the opposition a chance, like giving fouls away,” he said.