Montrose boss Paul Hegarty breathed a huge sigh of relief having watched his side pick up their first three points of the season at League 2 newcomers Edinburgh City.
Striker Gary Fraser’s close-range effort just after the hour mark secured a precious victory at Meadowbank in a match the Gable Endies were reduced to ten men as Terry Masson was sent off with five minutes remaining for his second bookable offence.
However, the Links Park outfit held firm to leave the Capital with a win that moves them above Stirling Albion on goal difference into eighth place in the table.
And Hegarty, who had seen his side pick up just two points from their first five league fixtures, resembled a relieved man at full time.
“I’m just delighted to finally get the victory. That’s us now at six games so the longer it goes on the harder it becomes,” he said.
“We knew it would be a tough game coming here with them being promoted to SPFL League 2 that they’d have the bit between their teeth.
“It was a stuffy game where chances were few and far between. There was very little football to be honest but I’m just delighted with the three points.
“I told the players before the game that this was a real six pointer. It’s ridiculous to be saying that at this stage of the season but that’s how desperate it was. I said to the players just come away with the three points, whether it be 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, I really didn’t care.
“We’ve lost three games to Stirling Albion, Cowdenbeath and Clyde and I can assure you there is very little between the teams. It’s just whoever really wants it most on the day, who puts that extra shift in.
“The game against Clyde, they probably deserved to win but there was nothing in it against Stirling as we gifted them the second goal, so it doesn’t surprise me. It’s going to be what it was like last year I feel.”