WREXHAM'S Denis Smith and Huddersfield counterpart Peter Jackson share the view that experience counts as much as ability and hard work.
The Racecourse boss, whose starting line-up at the Galpharm Stadium included just four first-choice players, highlighted the contribution of veterans Scott Green and Chris Armstrong to a much-need victory.
But his opposite number admitted mistakes by two of his younger team members had proved to be the difference between the sides.
'I thought Scott Green did well and he proved you don't always have to chase round like a headless chicken to put on a performance,' said Smith. 'He walked through the game, really, until he got cramp late on, but he's done me a great job.'
And the Dragons chief saluted the often maligned Armstrong for his guile in winning the second-half penalty that ended a run of four defeats.
'Chris used his experience,' he added. 'He saw the lad coming, slowed it down and then nicked the ball away. It was an experienced player sucking another into a tackle he should not have made. If it was my centre-half I'd have told him the last thing you do is go to ground in the box.'
For his part, a disappointed Jackson claimed a lacklustre team display was compounded by the errors from young defenders Nathan Clarke - who was out-jumped by Andy Holt for Wrexham's opening goal - and David Mirfin, who conceded the penalty which Armstrong converted.
Goals apart, the game's most telling statistic was that Wrexham keeper Matt Baker did not have a meaningful save to make during the whole of the second half, even though the visitors were forced into an unusual reshuffle at the interval.
Holt, who had soldiered on after receiving a kick on the calf, failed to re-appear and Chris Llewellyn was switched to the left flank, with Armstrong joining lively Spanish striker Juan Ugarte up front.
And when the visitors were reduced to 10 men after Hector Sam was harshly dismissed with 10 minutes remaining, Huddersfield still could not find a way past Dennis Lawrence, Shaun Pejic and Craig Morgan.
'I was pleased with the performance' said Smith. 'I thought we played good football, we were disciplined, we worked hard and it was a result we deserved.'
It was teenager Morgan, making his first start of the season, who struck the first blow for the Dragons with a firm but fair challenge on Huddersfield favourite Andy Booth, back in action after a three-match absence.
The big striker needed extensive treatment to an ankle injury but lasted just 18 minutes before making way for substitute Junior Mendes.
The visitors inflicted more damage in the ninth minute, going ahead when Holt met Ferguson's inviting cross to thump a powerful header beyond Paul Rachubka.
The home side had to defend desperately as Holt wreaked havoc, seeing one cross headed behind by Booth before Steve Yates' last-ditch intervention prevented his pass from reaching Llewellyn.
Prompted by Ferguson, Wrexham were bright and inventive as Ugarte and Llewellyn combined well. And the Spaniard would surely have opened his account but for an excellent tackle from Clarke.
Huddersfield then regrouped, twice in a few minutes Baker preserved the lead, blocking a shot from Mendes, then flinging himself to the right to turn away an- other effort from the striker. But the keeper had no chance with the equaliser four minutes before the break.
Pawel Abbott spread the ball wide to Tony Carss, whose cross was misjudged by Pejic, the ball bouncing over him to Danny Schofield, who drove in off the under-side of the bar.
Half-time substitute Armstrong made his contribution within four minutes, taking Ferguson's through ball in his stride before teasing Mirfin into the challenge and then stroking the penalty past Rachubka.
And it was only when Sam, on the field for just three minutes, was red carded for an alleged stamp on Jon Worthington, that Wrexham looked vulnerable.
But when the likes of Green and Ferguson put their foot on the ball, Armstrong was always available to head for the corner flag and run down the clock. HUDDERSFIELD TOWN: Rachubka; Mirfin, Yates (Brown 73), Clarke; Holdsworth, Worthington, Brandon, Schofield (Edwards 58), Carss; Booth (Mendes 18), Abbott. Subs: Senior, Fowler. WREXHAM: Baker; Pejic, Morgan, Lawrence; Spender, Green (Crowell 88), Ferguson, Jones, Holt (Armstrong 45); Ugarte (Sam 81), Llewellyn. Subs: Dibble, Mackin.