Walsall's director of rugby, Arnie Evans, has pinpointed his team's home form as the key to surviving in Midlands One.
The Delves Road club, second from bottom in level five, posted their first win for nearly three months on Saturday as they beat Dunstablians 13-5 for a morale-boosting victory.
It was only their third of the season but it has imbued Evans with optimism that Walsall can escape relegation if they perform as they should at home.
"It was a game we had to win," he said.
"This was one of those matches against teams around us - and if we hadn't won it would have been looking bleak.
"But I don't care whether the sides coming to us are at the top of the league. If we have a full-strength side out teams know they will be asked a few questions when they come to Walsall.
"Traditionally we are strong at home and if we can continue that then we have a good chance of staying up."
His side's cause was helped by the return of prop Ian Bradshaw, centre Richard Marsh and, most crucially, fly-half Matt Wood who has missed the last two months through illness.
Wood controlled proceedings admirably against Dunstablians and landed a second-half penalty that gave his team an eight-lead margin and valuable breathing space. Tries were scored by Danny Thomas and Steven Halbert.
Next weekend Walsall take on third-bottom who pulled off a shock result when they won at Market Bosworth.
The hosts were shorn of their three influential South African players and were upset 18-13.
Dudley Kingswinford maintained their pursuit of top-two Rugby Lions and Bedford Athletic, both of whom also won.
DK were made to battle hard at Burton before leaving with a 26-19 victory courtesy of tries by Tui Asi Pito, Ian Langford and Alan Mitchell.
The win keeps them four points from the summit with a game in hand before next week's showdown with Lions - who beat Luctonians 28-7.
Bedford won 32-17 at local rivals Luton although Bromsgrove's desperate season continued with a 44-3 beating at Scunthorpe.
Broadstreet retained their two-point lead over Kenilworth at the top of Midlands Two West with a 44-0 thrashing of Leamington. Kenilworth edged a close one at home to Barkers Butts, 12-3.