Birmingham manager Lee Clark was a relieved man after watching the midlands club end their harrowing home form with a 2-0 victory over fellow npower Championship strugglers Bristol City.
Clark had called for more determined attacking play in the aftermath of recent results and he was rewarded with this win - Birmingham's first at St Andrew's in five games.
Birmingham carved out their belated success with a 59th minute strike from Chris Burke and a second goal from Marlon King after 73 minutes which plunged the struggling visitors to their sixth successive defeat.
Clark said: "After 50 minutes I was thinking it was going to be one those nights where we were totally dominant and creating lots of chances and it wasn't going to happen for us. We kept plugging and got what we deserved. If we had won four or five Bristol City could not have had any complaints.
"My wide men probably had more chances and shots on goal than they have had in all the previous games combined because we were positive and played off the threat of our strikers.
"We took risks which we are allowed to do playing at home. This is the only way we are going to be progressive. We played some excellent stuff at times and I am just a little disappointed we did not win by four or five goals to give the crowd a real boost." this would be a massive benefit for us."
Bristol City had two players - Cole Skuse and Steve McManus - badly injured. Skuse suffered a fractured cheekbone and damaged his eye socket and was taken to hospital.
He is expected to be out of action for two months, while McManus could be ruled out for the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury.
Bristol City's under-pressure manager Derek McInnes admitted: "This is now six defeats in a row. It is embarrassing. I am embarrassed. The players should be embarrassed and it is now a crucial game against Charlton on Sunday.
"The game ran away with us with the injuries at the end. We cannot hide behind the fact that the better team won on the night."