Charlton boss Michael Appleton admitted the 3-2 victory at Wigan – his side’s first away win of the Sky Bet League One season – was ‘job done’.
All the damage was done in the first half at the DW Stadium, with two goals from Alfie May and one from Corey Blackett-Taylor.
After substitute Tyreece Campbell came within a lick of paint of making it four shortly after the restart, the Wigan revival began.
Thelo Aasgaard hit the bar – team-mate Callum Lang had done the same in the first half – before the Norway junior international pulled one back with six minutes to go.
And a frantic finale was ensured when substitute Stephen Humphrys scored Wigan’s second goal in the last minute, only for Charlton to hold out.
“We got the job done, which was the most important thing and the first thing I said in the dressing room afterwards,” said Appleton.
“I’m not going to focus on the last 10 minutes. I’ll focus on what I’ve seen before.
“We were on the front foot. We were pressing really high. The players looked like they were enjoying working really hard and making contact with people.
“If you want to win on the road, you need that type of mentality. We knew the areas of the pitch we had to press really aggressively and we did that and got all the rewards for it.
“Even if they got the first goal, if we’d got three or four wins under our belt on the road, then I don’t think they get a second.
“It’s just that mentality of ‘oh no, surely this can’t happen’, which you could sense was dropping into one or two players.
“But, to be fair, there were a few players on the pitch who rallied round and got after some of our younger players and made sure they could see the game out.”
Wigan boss Shaun Maloney took ‘full responsibility’ for the result after making three changes to a side that had won three matches in the space of a week.
A triple change at the interval helped redress the balance, with Martial Godo coming on and laying on the goals for Aasgaard and Humphrys, but it was too little, too late.
“I spoke a few weeks ago in terms of us having a really great start to the season, and I spoke about complacency setting in,” he said. “And possibly I think that happened again.
“But I have to take full responsibility for that, I didn’t get the team right. You could see the way we played in the second half was very different.
“I didn’t get the team right, the changes I made – that I hoped would have a positive impact – didn’t contribute to a good performance by the team.
“Charlton were very good, they deserved their 3-0 lead at a minimum. But the second half was the complete opposite, and I’ll have to focus a lot on that heading into the weekend.
“As a club, from top to bottom, we have to understand that at no point can we take our foot off the gas, any of us, and that starts with me.”