IAN O'Reilly's Crewe FC added some spice to their ailing season by reaching the final of the Crewe Cup on Saturday.
A Danny Athorn brace and goals from Richard Ingemann, Gary Gordon and Sean Gilraine sealed a 5-1 win over Curshaws.
O'Reilly admitted a win had been a long time coming and, despite reaching the final, he says ending their six-game losing streak was the priority.
He added: 'It was about time. I was more pleased to be back on winning ways because we've not been playing well at all.
'On the day I thought Curshaws were a decent team and looked very good for the first 20 minutes. I was thinking it was going to be one of those days but we took the lead and even though they equalised we looked comfortable.
'Getting the second before half-time settled the nerves a bit and I thought we were very convincing in the second half.'
Crewe will play Alsager Town Reserves in the final on May 12, by which time O'Reilly hopes to have a different team.
He explained: 'Sadly, we're going to have five or six players missing for the game but I am actively scouring the Sunday leagues looking for players who can improve us.
'We are building a team and now is the time to assess whether we can push on. Despite our poor form, we can take some good positives from Saturday. We're in the final,
we've stopped the rot and confidence is on the up.'
His team will need to step up a gear as they return to Mid Cheshire League Division Two action this Saturday at home to Warrington Town Reserves.
O'Reilly hopes to avenge the 2-1 defeat they suffered in their meeting earlier in the season. He said: 'They're not unbeatable and we don't fear them, but we've got to play a bit better than the Curshaws game to get anything out of them.'