Burnley manager Sean Dyche was ecstatic after Charlie Austin ended his side's six-hour wait for a goal with a spectacular winner in their 1-0 win at Charlton.
The Addicks had only won four npower Championship matches at home this season and looked short of confidence throughout, despite Danny Haynes coming close to equalising. But it was Austin's brilliant strike form just outside the box that secured the points for Burnley to leave them eight points adrift of the top six.
And a delighted Dyche said: "I think that's the best result I've had as a young manager learning my trade.
"We had five senior players missing so to deliver that performance was terrific. I don't get too high with the highs or too low with the lows but we're a team that is improving in several ways.
"Like all of us on this difficult run, Charlie's been questioned a little but he's answered all of his critics today. It was some goal."
Charlton manager Chris Powell made five changes from the side that lost 2-0 to Nottingham Forest last week, with goalkeeper David Button and Spurs loanee Jonathan Obika both making their league debuts.
"We should have got something from the game," said Powell. "We asked questions of them but they answered them. Our supporters have been terrific and in some ways we don't deserve it because of how bad we have been.
"This is a crucial week coming up for up with trips to Peterborough and we need to pick up something from those games.
"You have to remain positive and look upwards but I always knew this year would be tough for us getting used to the step up in quality.
"We need to make sure we are a Championship side next season."