MIKE Rush was understandably delighted with his side’s tenacity as they held on to beat Catalans 20-15.
Despite having Tony Puletua sent off for a tackle on Gregory Mounis and receiving a big slice of luck with a no-try decision at the death, Saints rose to third in the Stobart Super League table.
“Yeah, I would have had complaints if that decision had gone against us,” he said. “But I’m not going to moan too much, because the decision has gone our way!
“It was nice for us to get a win after we threw away two points at home against Catalan. We might not have been in our best form but we’re picking up some points.
“It is always tough to come away from home and we had a long day travelling on Thursday and a long day waiting for the 9pm local kick off time too. We showed courage, determination and a lot of heart.
“There were some contentious calls throughout the game and I’m sure both coaches will feel aggrieved. TP’s tackle looked ok from where we were sitting, but we’ll wait until we see the video, and Trent (Robinson) won’t be happy with that no try.
“But it would have been heartbreaking to come away with nothing with the amount of effort we put in.”
As some fans will have seen, Rush celebrated the dramatic win with great emotion at the final hooter.
“Yeah, it was good! You get caught up in the emotion,” he added. “In the stands we were surrounded by passionate fans and when something went wrong it wasn’t the ref’s fault, it was mine, Keiron (Cunningham’s) and Kel’s (Coslett).
“It is a hard environment to coach in, something I have never known. It means so much to get something out of this environment and our fans were superb weren’t they?”