SHAUN Wane got the response he wanted as Wigan battled back to claim a thrilling victory against Warrington last night.
The reigning champions will now storm into the play-offs in a top-three position, and on the back of two confidence-swelling victories against heavyweight opposition.
Having trailed by 14 points at half-time, Warriors registered four unanswered second-half tries to claim a nerve-shredding 24-20 win.
Joe Burgess and Josh Charnley each chalked up two tries during the hugely-entertaining game, while Blake Green grabbed the match-winner with 15 minutes to go.
Wane said: “At half-time I knew that we weren’t firing right, and if we did we could trouble them.
“We played our way in the second half, and I thought we played well.
“The pleasing thing for me was it was a different style of winning (to last week’s 21-6 victory against Leeds). We deserved to win – if we hadn’t, it would have been wrong.”
Wigan’s opening play-off match will be next Friday, but the venue and opposition will be shaped by fixtures elsewhere.
If Warriors finish second, they will host Castleford or Huddersfield at the DW Stadium – while if they end up in third they travel to take on the Tigers or St Helens.
Wigan, currently second, will need to wait to discover the results of St Helens’ match at Huddersfield tonight – and Castleford’s clash at Catalans tomorrow – to learn their fate.
Wane said: “How it pans out, I’m honestly not bothered. The important thing for me was the performance.”