Brighton manager Gus Poyet pronounced himself pleased after his side ended a tough run of results with a 2-1 win at Huddersfield.

The Seagulls moved firmly back into play-off contention and Poyet was in genial mood. Brighton were top of the Championship at the end of September but a run of just one win in nine matches saw them slump into midtable.

But after victory at Huddersfield, Poyet said: "Three hours ago we were one win in nine and people were saying that was terrible. Now they are saying we are unbeaten in five and it's fantastic. We are a good team and difficult to play against. I am happy for the players."

Poyet added: "Sometimes football is fair and you get three points but other times you have to take it on the chin and go home. We have had to battle and some of our players are not used to that type of football. It's a learning curve."

Brighton's match-winner was winger Will Buckley, who celebrates his 23rd birthday on Wednesday. The former Watford wideman grabbed a first-half double and was unlucky not to claim a hat-trick.

Huddersfield's 90th-minute consolation came from Simon Church, making his home debut on loan from Reading.

Town boss Simon Grayson said: "I was disappointed at how we started the game. We know they like to start really positive and we had to close them down, but we were two or three yards off. The first 20 minutes probably lost us the game because we allowed them to get into a pattern of play."

Grayson thought his side was always in the game, however, and added: "We had a few chances through Simon Church and Lee Novak and we said to the players at half-time that if we got the next goal we had a chance to get something. We did get the goal but it was too late to salvage something."

Grayson praised the Seagulls, adding: "You always know Gus' teams are going to be composed and we probably contributed to our own downfall by not getting at them. It's a learning curve for us and I have told the players that when we lose matches we have to understand why we've lost so that we can get better.

"Brighton have spent some money over the last couple of years with players by (Craig) Mackail-Smith and Buckley, and if they are not thereabouts at the end of the season they will be disappointed."