Barnsley manager David Flitcroft was happy to exorcise the ghost of an early-season horror show at Brighton with a vital 2-1 npower Championship win at Oakwell.

The Reds went down to a humiliating 5-1 loss on the south coast in August, but gained revenge on home soil with the three points that moved them out of the relegation zone.

Jason Scotland and Chris Dagnall scored either side of Leonardo Ulloa's leveller, though the Brighton's striker night ended in misery when he saw Luke Steele save a late penalty.

And Flitcroft was delighted to right the wrongs of the reverse encounter and breathe fresh life into his side's fight against the drop. "I am very proud, we have set a team up to battle and they have done that in the first half," he said.

"I have got massive respect for Brighton in terms of the football they play. I am a massive Brighton fan in terms of that. We got schooled down there earlier in the season and that was one of the worst trips I have had.

"But I am delighted because the game plan we set out has worked. We didn't let them play with any freedom or fluidity and I don't think any of their players would have enjoyed playing here."

The win was their first in four Championship games and after starting the evening at the bottom of the table, they moved out of the drop zone and past the 40-point mark. Defeat for Brighton saw their stuttering play-off hopes take another hit and manager Gus Poyet believes they were architects of their own downfall.

"I was convinced we had a great chance and I believe we lost the chance of getting three points," he said. "We knew we would have to fight and compete and I got the feeling that we gave the game away with the goals that we gave away, but that is how it has been for a while so I am not surprised.

"Unfortunately I am getting used to this, we have played three games away from home in a week. The first game was terrible, then we were by far the better team at Bolton and lost 1-0 and here if anyone said Barnsley deserved to win then I should retire.

"The good thing is the only people to blame is ourselves. It's not the opposition, the pitch, the referee or the weather. We have another nine games and we'll see. We'll try our best."