Crawley Town head coach Dermot Drummy admitted to was crucial to get the first goal against Leyton Orient.
Reds were under pressure by the visitors until James Collins headed in the first goal from a Josh Payne free-kick.
Crawley then scored twice more in quick succession nodded in by Joe McNerney and Enzio Boldewijn, which were both from free-kicks delivered by Payne and Andre Blackman.
Drummy acknowledged it was a tense situation playing on the back of a poor run of five defeats in the previous six home matches.
He reckoned his side's confidence helped them to go from strength to strength after withstanding an early barrage by Orient.
Drummy said: "Orient for 20 minutes had very good movement up front with (Gavin) Massey and (Sandro) Semedo who can cause you problems.
"We dealt with it and once we got the goal our confidence raised.
"We were aware with our home form it's tense for the crowd, how we are going to start off if I'm honest.
"We got a great goal from a great delivery by (Josh) Payney. Then we got a second one, which for us to score from set-plays is an occasion and Joe's (McNerney) hit a fantastic header.
"Then Enzio's got the third, I'm not sure if it went over the line, but it turned the game for us, it took the sting out of Orient I thought and then we controlled the game in the second half.
"It's confidence because everyone's tense and a bad ball and the crowd are on it and a good ball and the crowd are on it.
"We brought Billy Clifford on to try to give it more movement. I thought Rhys linked up and it looked better.
"We started to play with more confidence, rather than hitting panic balls and I was pleased with that."
Drummy praised his players for the way they played, in spite of the bad run of results.
He said: "It takes courage to play football, get it down and pass it when things are going wrong to keep to what you want to do.
"It's a mental thing. You have to work hard, you have to fight, you can't give goals away and give other teams a start. I think it was evident today if we got the first goal we'd go on."