Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela is a content man ahead of the Soweto derby on Saturday, despite the way they had to slog for victory in their last game during midweek.
Amakhosi edged Mpumalanga Black Aces in an Absa Premiership clash at FNB Stadium on Tuesday to move to within two points of the summit.
The defending champions are in fourth place ahead of the 155th derby – the most significant fixture on South Africa’s football calender.
Speaking after the win over AmaZayoni, which saw Camaldine Abraw net the only goal and Itumeleng Khune win the man-of-the-match prize, Komphela said: “A win is a win and we look at it as inspiration.
“There are areas we know we could have done better and you go there (to the dresing room afterwards) and say this should have been done this way, but what is more important is that when you look at the log there are three more points for us.
“That’s more important, even though you don’t want to condone a win that is ‘naked’.”
Rivals Orlando Pirates themselves are in wretched form heading to the derby and without a league win since August 18.
But Komphela warned against getting caught up in the hype of playing in front of 90,000 plus fans, saying they need to play the game with level heads.
“You don’t want to be drowned in emotions you cannot control,” he added. “We will take it as another match that we have a responsibility to win.
“Even if we win it is not sufficient, we must win something. Until we win something the pressure is on, that is something we enjoy.”