The Canterbury Bulldogs put a tough week behind them to pull off a shock 16-12 victory over the Sydney Roosters on Saturday night.
The Bulldogs are hoping to still make finals this season and gave themselves a huge boost when picking up just their second win of the season so far.
It has been a tough week for the club and Trent Barrett whose position as coach has been put in the spotlight after GM of football stepped in to take training on Tuesday.
Whatever did happen had the desired effect but Barrett says the players took it all in their stride.
"It was probably more of a distraction for myself than the team. The players don't worry about that stuff," Barrett said of Gould stepping in. "It's a long year to keep everyone motivated. Why wouldn't I get the big fella down there to give them a rev up if I think we need it. I'll use the water boy if I think it will help.
"I'm not too proud to ask for help and I'd be stupid not to."
The Bulldogs almost saw victory snatched away from them at the death when Joseph Suaalii crossed but the try was ruled out by the bunker, who adjudged the player’s foot had touched the line.
"Tonight was the night when we finally got (a decision) at the back end. I'm over the moon for the players," Barrett added.
"We played for 80 minutes. I've never been discouraged or disappointed by our team's effort or commitment to themselves, their teammates or to the club. But we haven't been able to hang on for that long and we really needed it desperately."