New Borussia Dortmund boss Peter Stoger admitted luck was on his side following the 2-1 Bundesliga victory over Hoffenheim on Saturday.
Marc Uth opened the scoring for the visitors to Signal-Iduna-Park on 21 minutes ahead of a leveller from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the penalty spot on 63 minutes.
Christian Pulisic then popped up with an 89th minute winner to hand Stoger his second win in charge of Dortmund from his second game.
Speaking after the win, Stoger was reported on the official BVB site as saying: "We absolutely had to win this match.
"We made a bright start and had a few chances at the beginning, but then Hoffenheim adapted to us better.
"We weren't able to consistently disrupt them, our pass completion rate fell slightly and the whole game became a bit more sluggish. During that spell, we were lucky not to fall 2-0 behind.
"We gave it everything towards the end. That's exactly what we expect from the team.
"The ball in behind the defence from (Shinji) Kagawa for the winner took them by surprise, Pulisic did well to get in there and scored a super goal.
"In the last two matches we have demonstrated our will to win and our attitude."
Dortmund play Bayern Munich in their last game of 2017, with Stoger keen to see his side build on their recently improved form.
"Let's see what we can do in Munich", he added. "It's always exciting and it certainly won't be pleasant there, but we're definitely in with a chance."
Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann was pleased with his side's performance despite the loss, saying: "We performed very well and scored a great goal in the first half.
"After the restart we had three gilt-edged chances and should have killed the game.
"Ultimately the defeat definitely wasn't deserved, it's actually very annoying because we were not outplayed."
While Dortmund ended the evening in third place on the Bundesliga standings, with 28 points, Hoffenheim are down in seventh, but just two points adrift of BVB.