It was not pretty, in truth it was bloody awful, but what a relief to win our first home match since February 24th.
That was absolutely painful to watch. Even twelve points up with five minutes to go we couldn't relax because this team knows how to blow a match.
Continually all game we kept throwing silly offloads, sometimes even in our own 20! It just highlighted the lack of leadership yet again.
But as jittery and scrappy as that win was it gives us hope. I remember getting a scrappy win at Leigh last season after those two record defeats. We followed that with a victory over Warrington at the JJB. Our next opponents are Warrington at the JJB so lets hope history repeats itself.
I refuse to get carried away. I think this match would have been totally different had Catalans not been immune from relegation. The bottom line is, this win is pointless unless we back it up next week.
Deja Vu from our match in France earlier in the season. Wigan knock on straight away and the Dragons punish us by scoring. Chris Beattie sent over by Julien Rinaldi after just 47 seconds. Shocking defending.
Wigan perhaps should have been further behind after continually knocking on, Nathan McAvoy in particular being guilty with two errors.
Referee Steve Ganson was involved in a car accident on his way to the game but was passed fit by a club doctor. He had a shocker I felt. But we do need to look at our own discipline as well, particularly back chatting. This is another part of our game which highlights the lack of leadership.
Wigan's ill-discipline went unpunished and they took advantage of that by levelling up the scores. Mick Higham dummied is way over in the corner on 13 minutes before Nathan McAvoy's try gave us the lead after he touched down a neat kick from Michael Dobson. Dobson converted both tries superbly to give us a 12-6 lead.
Wigan haven't had much luck this season but they did get a huge slice when Bruno Verges and John Wilson fluffed a simple touchdown from a Sean Rudder kick.
It was comical as was Pat Richards gifting them a try minutes later. Another kick from Rudder was touched down by Bruno Verges as Richards failed to pick up or kick/touch the ball dead for a drop out.
Stacey Jones' second conversion, this time from the touchline, levelled the scores but Dobson, who remains the Dragons' leading points-scorer from his 12-week stint in the south of France, edged Wigan into a 16-12 lead with two penalties late in the half.
Into the second half and a third penalty from Dobson made it 18-12 on 50 minutes.
Wigan piled the pressure on the French but it looked like failure to convert good territory would come back to haunt us.
That was until Bryan Fletcher scored on the hour as he took an dummy half pass from Higham. Dobson's conversion made it 24-12.
There was a lack of urgency from the French who knew they didn't have to win this game, after all they can't be relegated.
Wigan looked like they would kill the game comfortably until Pat Richards completely messed up a simple bomb. John Wilson capatalised on his second error of the match and a goal from Lauren Frayssinous made it 24-18 with about 2 minutes left.
Wigan managed to hang on. It was more relief than joy at half time. Another 11 weeks of pain to come.