Carl Veart was happy to take the points but was disappointed with his side's performance as Adelaide United edged out Newcastle Jets 2-1 on Sunday.
The Reds are priced at 4/5 to finish in the top six of the A-League and they picked up a crucial three points in dramatic circumstances to boost their cause.
Newcastle had taken the lead in the 60th minute thanks to a strike from Beka Mikeltadze but two goals in the dying minutes of the game saw Adelaide pinch the points.
15-year-old Nestory Irankunda grabbed the equaliser in the 88th minute with a stunning 25-yard free kick and then it was left to new signing Hiroshi Ibusuki to grab his second goal for the club in stoppage time.
Veart was a relieved man and obviously delighted with the win but was far from happy with the performance that his side put in.
And he knows there will need to be a big improvement when his side face Sydney FC on Friday.
"I’ve got to say that was most probably our poorest performance of the season," Veart told reporters after the game.
"We were just second to everything today. Newcastle didn’t allow us to play, they were very good and came with good energy and we just couldn’t get out of the blocks.
"Struggled with our ball movement. I suppose we hung in the game, stayed in the game and pinched it at the end. It’s football isn’t it. When you’re on top in games if you don’t kill the other team off they can always come back.
"It’s happened to us a few times this year, and it’s on the other foot this time. Happy to take three points but very disappointed with the performance."