Halifax boss Karl Harrison was happy with the points if not the performance after his side snatched a 31-24 Championship win at Hunslet.
Captain Scott Murrell struck five minutes from time to break a 24-24 stalemate against Barry Eaton’s side, who included four Leeds players in talented full back Jimmy Watson, forwards Richard Moore and Chris Clarkson and hooker Liam Hood.
Murrell then added a late drop goal to kill the game and move Fax up to second in the table, two points behind Sheffield, after Featherstone were shocked at home by lowly Doncaster.
“Hunslet made it difficult for us, and we didn’t play well, but we still came away with the money,” said Harrison.
“I am pretty happy to be honest because we toughed it out.
“In the end, it was a nice result for us.
“We were soft in contact, which created indiscipline, which loses you field position.
“We lost that battle for long, long periods, but we came up with a special play to win the game.
“Scott’s a smart player, not just with the try but with the drop goal as well.”
Fax fielded an unchanged side, with the exception of winger Lee Paterson, who got a surprise start at full back in place of Ryan Fieldhouse.
“Ryan is our number one, there’s no doubt about that,” said Harrison.
“But if he gets injured, we need to know what our options are back there.
“We’ve got young Freddie Walker who can play in there as well, but Lee is an experienced player and he was pretty good.”