Deeside RFC recorded their most important win of the season on Saturday in their battle to avoid relegation from Caledonia 2.
Fellow strugglers Lochaber made the journey to Woodend where they were sent home without a single point as Deeside managed to shut them out in a 22-0 win.
The result sees the Banchory-based club move five points clear of Lochaber and up a place above Shetland in the table.
Speaking after the result, First XV coach Bruce Strachan was delighted.
He said: “Saturday was a massive result for the team. It was vital for morale, momentum and player interest to get the second half of the season off to a winning start.
“It was a great feeling to not only win the game but keep a very competitive and well drilled Lochaber team out of the try area. We have used the winter break very well and treated it as a pre-season which we badly needed to settle in inexperienced players.”
Tries came from James Nicholl, Nick Broere, Calum Hay and Cameron Cowie.
“We are slowly picking up on player numbers but we are a very inexperienced and young team who are very much at the start of a new journey,” said Strachan.
“We will need a high level of commitment, focus and massive physical effort from every player to be competitive in our last remaining five games.
“This will be a challenge for the players as individuals, a challenge for the coaching team to get the training and game plan right for each game and a challenge to the club and community to keep supporting the effort.
“Saying that; if you do not cherish a mental and physical challenge then you are in the wrong sport, so bring it on.”