Alfons Groenendijk could not hide his delight as Excelsior Rotterdam picked up a vital three points against a struggling FC Gronigen side on Sunday.
The Kralingers moved level on points with 15th placed Willem II after their 2-1 win against a Gronigen side that has now lost five consecutive league fixtures.
Although his side still occupy one of the relegation play-off spots, Groenendijk highlighted that fellow relegation rivals Willem II and Roda JC both lost – which makes this season's relegation battle one of the most 'tense' finales in recent Eredivise seasons.
"Willem II and Roda JC both lost this weekend so we are going to make sure of a tense relegation fight," the 51-year old told NOS.
"I thought that we controlled the game tonight and did not give FC Groningen many chances. We did not play fantastic football but to go 2-0 up and survive when FC Groningen came back to 2-1 shows character. Overall I believe that we deserved our victory tonight.
"Everyone talks about exciting the title race between Ajax and PSV, but the fight to avoid relegation is also tense.
"We have our destiny in our own hands and we have always stated that we want to stay up without being involved in the relegation play-offs at the end of the season and we are currently 16th but only on goal difference.
"That means that we get Willem II and Roda JC back involved and the fact that we have won our last two home games also gives us confidence.
"If we can get points at home and of course we will try to pick up points away from home and we have proved we can do that but every game from now on will be tense and we are aware of that but we will enjoy our victory tonight."