Walsall 3 Rotherham United 1
Walsall's popular Portuguese star, Jorge Leit?o, picked up the sponsors' man-ofthematch award after another typical busy performance, then modestly suggested it should have gone to striker Matty Fryatt.
In truth, any one of four or five home players could have qualified as the Saddlers completed their first league double, which indicates how much the team have improved since their untidy slide down the League One table in September and October.
Leit?o scored the third goal against Rotherham, but said: "I thought the award should have gone to Matty who played really well and scored two good goals. He can go all the way.
"This was a massive win for us, especially after losing at Milton Keynes last week. Now we need to pick up a couple of league wins away from home and, if we could get a run of four matches going, we could get into the play-offs.
"If we continue playing as we did today and working hard for 90 minutes, we have every chance."
Walsall appear to have answered manager Paul Merson's call to make their home ground "Fortress Bescot". They have won their last four home games in league and cup and are unbeaten in six.
Poor defending by a struggling Rotherham outfit contributed to the latest success and the visitors missed a good chance to go ahead before the Saddlers scored their first goal.
Merson, however, was satisfied with the three points. "You can see the team's confidence picking up," he said. "I knew it would be scrappy at times, with Rotherham playing 4-5-1 and trying to frustrate us, but we deserved the points.
"The lads worked their socks off and it's nice that we can now concentrate on next Saturday's FA Cup-tie with Yeovil without thinking that we are in a bit of trouble in the league.
"Results were against us today but we haven't lost any ground. There's still a long way to go."
Merson risked a couple of changes to his starting XI after the LDV Vans Trophy win over Bournemouth, recalling veterans Steve Staunton and Simon Osborn to central defence and midfield respectively, while switching Julian Bennett to left-back and moving young Danny Fox into midfield.
It could have gone wrong, but it worked with varying degrees of success and at one point in the game, he even had Frenchman Eric Skora partnering Fryatt up-front.
In a brisk opening, Craig Pead combined with Skora to release teenage discovery Ishmel Demontagnac, whose shot was turned round a post by former West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Neil Cutler.
For a time, Rotherham looked the better side after that and had Paul Evans hit the target from a good position in the 37th minute, they might have been in with a chance of recording their first win for 15 games.
As so often happens to struggling teams, though, they then conceded a sloppy goal five minutes later. Scott Minto's intended clearance was charged down by Skora, allowing Fryatt to dart through and score.
Then, in stoppage-time at the end of the half, a lob through the middle by Fox was misjudged by Shaun Barker and Fryatt showed strength and determination to notch the second goal of the match and his 11th of the season.
The Millers, just down from the Championship, began the second half brightly but found themselves three adrift in the 69th minute, Leit?o beginning a sweeping move then arriving in the goalmouth to meet Demontagnac's perfect cross and head his fifth goal of the season.
Rotherham's efforts were rewarded with a headed consolation goal from Will Hoskins 12 minutes from time but their worried manager, Mick Harford, said: "Our supporters were absolutely first class. They got behind me and the team and didn ' t deserve that performance.
"I have told the players we are in a battle. We are in the bottom four and if we don't start getting points now, we shall be relegated but I believe we can turn the corner."
Walsall now prepare for Saturday's home Cup-tie with Yeovil and have also had the good fortune to be drawn at home again, against League Two leaders Wycombe Wanderers, in the Southern Area quarter-finals of the LDV Vans Trophy.
The latter contest is to be played on Tuesday December