Birmingham manager Lee Clark was a relieved man after watching the midlands club end their harrowing home form with a 2-0 win over fellow npower Championship strugglers Bristol City.
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Clark had called for more determined attacking play in the aftermath of recent results and he was rewarded with this win - Birmingham's first at St Andrew's in five games.
Birmingham carved out their belated success with a 59th minute strike from Chris Burke and a second goal from Marlon King after 73 minutes which plunged the struggling visitors to their sixth successive defeat.
Clark said: "After 50 minutes I was thinking it was going to be one those nights where we were totally dominant and creating lots of chances and it wasn't going to happen for us.
"We kept plugging and got what we deserved. If we had won four or five Bristol City could not
have had any complaints.
"My wide men probably had more chances and shots on goal than they have had in all the previous games combined because we were positive and played off the threat of our strikers.
"We took risks which we are allowed to do playing at home. This is the only way we are going to be progressive.
"We played some excellent stuff at times and I am just a little disappointed we did not win by four or five goals to give the crowd a real boost."
Clark paid credit to Burke, saying: "His was a complete performance. He made numerous chances, scored a goal and also won us a penalty.
"He was in very good form and I hope that is the kick-start to his season because this would be a massive benefit for us."
Bristol City had two players - Cole Skuse and Steve McManus - badly injured.
Skuse suffered a fractured cheekbone and damaged his eye socket and was taken to hospital.
He is expected to be out of action for two months, while McManus could be ruled out for the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury.
Bristol City, stuck in the bottom three of the Championship, had few opportunities to create a surprise away win.
When a goalscoring opportunity did arrive Steve Pearson carelessly shot wide.
This proved to be an expensive miss as a couple of minutes later Burke put Birmingham ahead in the 59th minute with a powerful rasping angled shot.
It meant that Bristol City remain the only club in the Championship without a clean sheet this season.
Birmingham sealed their success when King calmly slotted home a Nikola Zigic knockdown.
Birmingham made hard work of their success, highlighted in particular by Wade Elliott who had two excellent goalscoring opportunities only to fluff both chances before Burke and King settled the issue.
Skuse left the field injured and then McManus was carried off following a clash with Zigic.
the visitors had to play out the final 10 minutes with only 10 players and Peter Lovenkrands had a penalty saved by visiting goalkeeper Dean Gerken.
Bristol City's under-pressure manager Derek McInnes admitted: "This is now six defeats in a row.
"It is embarrassing. I am embarrassed. The players should be embarrassed and it is now a crucial game against Charlton on Sunday.
"The game ran away with us with the injuries at the end. We cannot hide behind the fact that the better team won on the night."