ALI Al Habsi admits the weekend victory at Bolton has breathed new life into Wigan Athletic’s survival bid.
Latics – who will today jet out to Al Habsi’s home country of Oman for a week of warm-weather training – picked up their first win in 10 matches at the Reebok.
Gary Caldwell and James McArthur popped up with the crucial goals, but the win was only sealed when Al Habsi pulled off a stunning late save to deny Ryo Miyaichi in the last minute.
It meant a welcome first return to Bolton for Al Habsi, who joined Wigan in the summer of 2010 on a season-long loan before the deal was made permanent last summer.
And the 30-year-old reckons it could prove to be a season-defining result.
“It was a fantastic three points for everyone connected with Wigan Athletic – the players, the management and the fans,” Al Habsi told the Evening Post.
“If we’d lost the game, it would have been a long way back – but the gap to safety is now only two points and we have everything to play for.
“The players showed we really want to stay in this league, and we will do so if we can keep up the performance level.”