Orlando Pirates midfielder Ben Motshwari claims the win over AmaZulu was 'major' as they look to finish in the final CAF Champions League spot.
After the first stanza did not produce any goals, Gabadinho Mhango produced a moment of brilliance to snatch the winner for Pirates with a free-kick in the last 14 minutes.
Motshwari, who was named Man of the Match, says they had to stop Usuthu's key players like Siyethemba Sithebe from playing for them to have any chance of winning.
"It's a big one today, we had to dig deep to get the three points. We have not been doing well especially in the league, this one is a major three points for us going into the next one against TS Galaxy," Motshwari told SuperSport after the game.
"It's a good confidence booster for the team. For us it was important to break their attacks you know, they are a good side especially when they pass the ball, going through the middle.
"So we had to stop them in the middle of the park for them not to have their key players playing, your Sithebes and we did well today defensively as a team," he said.
"To show that they are a great side we had to score with a set-piece you know, it shows that it was a difficult match for us today. It shows how three points means for both teams, it was a crucial one for us, I'm happy we got the three points."