The Armidale Blues have been building but heading into round six, they hadn't managed to land a win in the New England Rugby Union first grade season.
In the lead up to Saturday's match against the Barbarians, Blues co-coach Luke Stephen believed the side who "can play to that structure and discipline for the 80 minutes" would be the one to score the win.
The Blues set themselves up early on Saturday to go on to win 39-17.
"We were able to execute in the key moments a little bit better than our opposition," Stephen said.
"I guess a good first-half set us up to go on with the job.
"The opposition, to their credit, came back and played a really tough second-half that made things fairly interesting."
Blues' number eight Bis Moce "had an unreal" game with a hat-trick.
Stephen was happier with his team's effort in defence but lamented it could be better.
"Defence for the better part was an improvement on last week," he said.
"We had probably conceded one or two tries that were more a function of broken play that we need to improve moving forward.
"We realise it is still a long way to go this season and we have to continue to build on that.
"Unfortunately having the bye this week means we are going to have to build on the training paddock as opposed to on the field before a big game against Tamworth on the 25th. Both us and our opposition on the weekend have had very tight games against Tamworth. It just goes to show it is shaping up as a fairly even comp."