Yeovil manager Gary Johnson stressed the importance of his side ending their mini-blip after seeing off promotion rivals Tranmere 1-0 at Huish Park.

The high-flying Glovers returned to winning ways after a midweek defeat at Colchester courtesy of Ed Upson's second-half free-kick.

Johnson said: "We've had that little blip now. All teams are going to have a time when they get beaten, so we needed to bounce back. This was a big game against one of our main promotion rivals.

"We needed a result and the boys worked hard to stay in the game. I think there is no way anyone can say we didn't deserve to win. We had plenty of chances and scored from a set-play.

"When you go a goal up it gives everyone the confidence to get on the ball, and we played some good stuff on a difficult surface. We knew they were going to go slightly longer to the big lads up front, but we dealt with that and went up the other end and created chances."

Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore bemoaned his side's "lifeless" display after they suffered a sixth defeat in nine league games.

Moore said: "It was a scrappy, horrible game without many chances. It's a shame to lose to such a sloppy goal.

"I think a draw was probably the right result on the day because it was scrappy and tight.

"We just looked a bit spineless. There's been a little bit of a carry on in the tunnel at the end but it's too late then - it's got to be on the pitch.

"I thought we lost the game without the fighting spirit which we've shown all season."