By Abhishek Mehrotra
Shahril Ishak gave the home side the lead before Zaino Anuar equalised for the visitors, but a Shahdan Sulaiman penalty sealed all three points for the LIONSXII.
The win saw the Singapore-based outfit briefly occupy top spot in the table, before Kelantan beat Felda 5-1 later the same night. The LIONSXII are now second, two points behind Kelantan and three ahead of third-placed Terengganu, although they have played one more game than either team.
Speaking after the game, Sundram said: "It's tough when you play every 3-4 days, physically and mentally - especially with the travelling thrown in. I'm pleased with the boys - they're trying their best and I can't ask for any more."
The home side were awarded two contentious penalties on the night - the first was missed by Shahril, the second converted by Shahdan - but Sundram refused to be drawn into commenting on the decisions, saying: "I was too far away to comment on the decisions."
Commending the opposition, the former Singapore international remarked: "T-team gave us a good game, they pushed us and they created some chances. [However] Despite the missed penalty, we continued to go forward, which is why we won the second penalty. "
Sundram was also quick to play down suggestions that Shahril had been substituted after his penalty miss, clarifying: "Shahril is coming back from injury. It's important to save him for the next game against Negri [Sembilan] and make sure he doesn't pick up any injury because he has just come back from one."
Sufian Anuar was the other LIONSXII forward to be substituted after picking up an injury early in the game, and the coach revealed Anuar would visit the doctor on Monday to assess the seriousness.
Anuar was replaced by Agu Casmir - who put in a patchy performance, although he did win the second penalty that sealed all three points for the home side.
Defending Casmir, Sundram declared: "Agu is a good player, he can contribute when he's fit and he played one of his best games [on Saturday]. I believe he can get better."
LIONSXII goal-scorers Shahril and Shahdan were equally pleased with the win.
Shahril told ESPNSTAR.com: "It was a good win. We gave 110 percent. The next match is very crucial for us. We play Negri away and it's going to be tough" while Shahdan, who was the best player on the night admitted he was very nervous when taking the penalty.
"I was pleased to see it go in the back of the net," said the relieved midfielder.
T-Team coach Yunus Alif was understandably downcast, having seen his side concede in the final stages of the game, but said he was proud of the way his wards performed on an alien surface.
"This was our first experience on artificial turf. Credit to my players, they fought back and equalised. I want them to settle down, forget about the loss and move on to the next game."
Alif was clearly unhappy with the two penalty decisions that went against his side, cryptically saying: "No comments about the decision, you saw the game, you're wise sportswriters. I can't comment on the referee.
"For me, a draw would have been a fairer result, but then this is football."