Francis Cummins, the Bradford coach, described his team's first win in eight Super League games as "massive" after they battled from behind to beat Warrington 34-28.
Coming a week after their Challenge Cup win over Catalan Dragons, the victory at Odsal hauled the Bulls off the foot of the table for the first time since they were deducted six points for going into administration earlier this year. Late tries from Adrian Purtell and Elliot Kear saw them come back from 28-22 down with 10 minutes left.
"It was massive," Cummins said. "To say we only had two props, we knew it was going to be a tough old day.
"I thought the young lads were terrific – young Sam Bates played his second spell with an injury in a really sensitive place and Alex Mellor, who played 80 minutes for the Under-19s on Thursday.
"I've talked before about character, but usually in defeat and how we've worked hard within those games - today it won us the game."
The Widnes coach Denis Betts praised his side's determination after they scored two tries in the final seven minutes through Jon Clarke and Kevin Brown to secure a 34-29 win at Hull KR. "I'm very pleased to have won this game," Betts said. "To show the character was pleasing against the quality of Hull KR and the crowd that got behind them."
Craig Sandercock, the Hull KR coach, was disappointed to see his side lose after holding a 29-22 lead so late on. "There were some really poor individual errors that let the team down," he said.
Castleford coach Daryl Powell was proud of his players after their thrilling fightback at Huddersfield fell just short, a late Danny Brough drop-goal snatching a 29-28 victory for the Giants. "I thought we were great," Powell said. "Some of the things we did were excellent."Reuse content