Fareham bounced back to form with a 4-1 thrashing of Bournemouth Poppies at Cams Alders.
The Reds had not tasted victory since November 5 – a 10-game lean spell which has included nine defeats.
But Matt Parr’s men put it firmly behind them with a commanding display yesterday.
And they did it the hard way, too, hitting back from 1-0 down to take all three points on offer.
Dave Ewan put the Poppies ahead from the spot before three goals in seven minutes turned the tables to put Fareham in control at the break.
Matt Burt and Matt Jones were both on target – either side of a Wayne Boud penalty.
And Boud completed the job with his second spot-kick late on after Fawzi Saadi was sent off.
Now, with confidence restored, Parr is looking to kick on.
‘We rode the storm early on and then showed what our capabilities are when it really matters,’ said the Reds manager.
‘In all honestly, we really needed the three points after a poor run of results.
‘But our recent displays told me it was only a matter of time before we took out our frustration on someone.
‘Now we need to build on this performance.
‘We are a very young side and one for the future but the result against Bournemouth has lifted the confidence levels to where we want them.’
The story could have been so different, though, had the Poppies taken advantage of their early dominance.
After Ollie Warren had handled a Jake Rowley cross in the box – and Ewan had netted the resultant penalty – they enjoyed the best of the opening 30 minutes.
Fortunately for Parr’s Fareham, though, the Bournemouth hitmen had forgotten their shooting boots.
Both Luke Ingram and Rowley spurned great chances before, on 30 minutes, the winds of change suddenly blew in favour of the hosts.
Boud drove in a corner to the near post where Burt applied the finish with a powerful header.
Two minutes later, fleet-footed Mark Cotton went down under a heavy challenge in the box.
And up stepped Boud to send keeper Ken Vaughan the wrong way and put the Reds ahead.
Almost before the celebrations were over, Boud unhinged the Poppies rearguard again.
This time Matt Jones charged in to convert his corner with another near-post header.
Boud still had time before the break to see a deflected effort fizz narrowly wide.
And then, as expected, the visitors came out charged up for the second period.
But despite dominating much of the play they failed to really test Fareham keeper Luke Douglas.
Steve Cammack and Cotton both went close to increasing the lead.
However, it was Boud who finally put the gloss on the result.
After Saadi was sent off after a second yellow card, Fareham’s Stuart Green – just back from studying in America – won a penalty and Boud thumped home from the spot.
Fareham: Douglas, Warren, Cuthbert, Burt, Pittman, Jones, Boud, Stevens, Tambling, Dark, Cotton. Substitutes: Cammack, Redman, Green, Camp, Vickers