CONOR O'Shea admitted he was not happy with Harlequins' performance against Worcester on Saturday – but more than happy with the result.
Quins huffed and puffed to a disjointed 16-14 win over the Warriors in a game littered with errors, particularly from the men in quarters.
But director of rugby O'Shea insisted, with the business end of the season approaching, sometimes it is only the scoreline that matters.
He said: “We're unhappy with our performance – our kicking was off and we kept dropping the ball and knocking it on. Our effort was outstanding, but our decision making was not.
“However, I am very happy with the result and with where we are. At the end of the season, it will only be shown as another win.
“The conditions were awful, but they were awful for both teams, and Worcester caused us a lot of problems.”
Warriors raced into an 8-0 lead through an unconverted try and a penalty, but Quins fought back to lead 10-8 at the break through a Nick Evans penalty and conversion after they were awarded a penalty try for Worcester pulling down the maul.
The visitors missed a penalty just before the break, and the second half turned into a kicking contest between Evans and his opposite number, Danny Gray. Both men scored one and missed one to leave the score at 16-14 with 13 minutes left.
Evans then had two chances to put the game to bed and avoid a nervy finish in the final 10 minutes but missed two more penalties, striking the post with his final effort.
O'Shea, meanwhile, chose to focus on the positives, not least the performance of his pack, which he believes was the key to victory.
He added: “A big plus for us was our pack at the scrum and maul, they worked incredibly hard. They were outstanding against the side with the best defensive record in the league.”