Sheppard Murape, Black Leopards' coach, has described their 1-0 win over the obdurate Bidvest Wits at Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday as a crucial one in their battle to stave off relegation.
The goal was struck by the recovered Christopher Netshidzivhe from a free kick in the 66th minute.
Murape almost collapsed after the win in a sign of how important the three points were for Lidoda Duvha who face the real possibility of being axed from lucrative Absa Premiership this season.
They remain rooted at the foot of the table despite their success on Saturday with 19 points from 26 matches.
Leopards are embroiled in a relegation dogfight with Jomo Cosmos and Thanda Royal Zulu.
Leopards' chances were also boosted by Ezenkosi's goalless draw against Lamontville Golden Arrows on Sunday.
Murape said the win against Wits could not have come at a better time as they face fellow relegation candidates Thanda at the same venue on tomorrow at 3pm.
Thanda, who are still smarting from a 0-3 loss to Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday, are hoping to turn the tide at Leopards' expense. But it does not seem like an easy assignment for the Durbanites, following Lidoda Duvha's victory on Saturday.
Said Murape after Saturday's tie: "We are all fired up and I can assure our supporters that we will try everything in our power to ensure that we protect our Premiership status at the end of the season.
"I urge our supporters to continue rallying behind the team because we really need their support."
Murape, who renewed ties with the hobbling Venda club last month, said they will tread cautiously against Thanda tomorrow.
Wits coach Roger de Sa said it was difficult to beat a relegation-haunted team.
"They were not an easy team to beat but we will not allow that defeat to sway our attention in our remaining matches. We will fight," De Sa said.