OWEN Coyle admits Wigan Athletic had to dig deep for their first home victory of the season.
Goals from Shaun Maloney and Jordi Gomez gave Latics their first three points since the opening day win at Barnsley.
Again Latics had to do it the hard way, having conceded first to Andy Reid’s stunning free-kick.
And Coyle was pleased with the way his charges stuck to their task.
“We had to show everything today - all four seasons in one game - and we did that,” he said.
“We started the game ever so well, and to concede the way we did was disappointing.
“They hadn’t even been in our half, never mind threatened our goal, when we conceded a cheap free-kick.
“It was such a dangerous area, especially with Andy Reid about, because he is a wonderful player.
“He is more than capable of knocking one into the top corner from 25 yards, and he did just that.
“The pleasing thing for me is the way we responded.
“We continued to pass the ball around, we were pleasing on the eye, we scored two goals and we could have had more.
“We were certainly worth our lead at half-time, there’s no doubt about that.
“The second half was a different kind of performance, with us playing more or less on the counter attack.
“Forest launched a bombardment of high balls into our area, both from the back and from wide areas.
“But to a man my players stood up to it manfully - so much so that Scott Carson never even had a save to make in that second half.”
After back-to-back 2-2 home draws in the Championship, Latics managed to hold out in the face of a determined Forest second-half showing.
But Coyle denied there was added pressure on his men to record their first win at the DW.
“Whether it’s your first win at home or away, it doesn’t matter - at the end of the day you want to win every match you play,” the Latics chief acknowledged.
“If we’d have drawn today, people would have said we’d still not won at home, but we’ve also not lost yet.
“It’s whatever way you want to look at it, but the bottom line was we had to win the game and we did that.
“It takes us on to eight points, and we know we should be on more.
“But we also know that we will get stronger and stronger as the season wears on.
“We gave Forest huge respect, because they came into this weekend as the league leaders.
“But we also knew that the game would be all about us and how well we played.
“I thought we were outstanding in midfield - particularly in that first half.
“We didn’t pass it as well as we could in the second half, I didn’t feel we were as composed as we could have been.”
The result means Latics sign off for the international break with eight points from their five matches played - five points behind the early pace-setters.
“It makes a huge difference to go into the international break with a win - regardless of whether you’re at the top or the bottom of the table,” Coyle added.
“All of a sudden you have two weeks to wait for your next game, and if you’ve lost the game I can promise you it is a very long two weeks.
“We’ve got nine or 10 players going away, but for the rest it’s a great chance to assess their legs and their recovery time, which we’ll do.”