Gosport & Fareham stormed to a 26-3 home win over Effingham in London two south west.
The win keeps them two places above the relegation zone.
‘It was a fantastic performance,’ said director of rugby Jamie Daly.
‘Something that we have been drilling into the players for some weeks now is that they need to start playing straight from the off and they did.
‘Our defence was well organised and we didn’t miss tackles like we have been doing in the last few weeks.
‘This was the first of three critical games and we couldn’t have asked for a better start.
‘We need to carry this forward and push on in the next few weeks and show the same kind of mental attitude and determination.
‘This was more than I had hoped for – to concede only three points this week – after conceding 46 last week.
‘I think the players knew it was time for them to step up and really show some passion and desire and they did that.
‘We’ve eased the pressure a little bit with this win.’
The home side made the perfect start with a try after only two minutes from Pat Mulholland, converted by Alex Duncombe.
Duncombe converted a second try before the break as Wayne Dugan celebrated the touchdown.
Effingham pulled a penalty back in the early minutes of the second period but a second Wayne Dugan try and another from Wes Dugan saw Gosport comfortably home.
Fareham Heathens lost 55-0 to Hampshire one leaders Andover at Cams Alders.
Southsea Nomads moved up to third in Hampshire two with a thrilling 20-17 win at Overton.
Nomads trailed 10-9 at half-time with Chris Smith knocking over two penalties.
Two minutes into the second half wing-forward Ashley Clarke went over in the corner for a try and Smith added another penalty.
With the sides level at 17-17 10 minutes from time, Smith kicked a penalty from in front of the posts to give Nomads the win.