Bradford coach Mick Potter hailed his players after they shrugged off the club's financial worries to grind out a 34-26 victory over Wakefield.
The Bulls, who could go into administration on Tuesday, fought back from a two-point half-time deficit and being reduced to 12 men, to win and keep in touch with the Stobart Super League play-off contenders.
Potter said: "We're getting a few results and there's nothing we can do about the situation.
"All we can do is keep getting on with what we are paid to do, which is doing our best out on the field.
"I'm more than happy that we got two points today, although there's still a lot to work on.
"Our players definitely tried their hardest but our execution in play was a mixed bag today.
"We strive for the best possible result from each play and although it's not always possible, you don't stop trying."
Potter also commended second row-forward Elliott Whitehead for playing, and scoring, despite the death of his father during the week.
"We could have given him (Whitehead) more time but he came in Sunday morning and said he wanted to play," he said.
"He even copped a bad shunt out there but continued on - he didn't want to come off at all."
The Bulls defence has come in for criticism after conceding 123 points in three games, including a 54-0 thrashing at St Helens last time out, but Potter pointed to an improvement.
"I felt we defended well at times," he said. "We defended very well when we had 12 men and really dug in, defending like we should have when we had 13."
The Bulls forged an 18-6 lead through tries from Whitehead, Keith Lulia and Shaun Ainscough in the opening quarter.
But Wakefield, who scored an early try from Paul Aiton, hit back with three more touchdowns in a 13-minute spell, from Ben Cockayne, Tim Smith and Frankie Mariano, to lead 20-18 at the break.
Another Lulia try edged the Bulls ahead once more, with Luke Gale adding a conversion and a penalty, only for Kyle Amor's score and Paul Sykes' third goal for Wakefield to level things on the hour.
But the Bulls finished the stronger and an Olivier Elima try plus another penalty from Gale, who finished with seven goals from seven attempts in blustery conditions, saw the Bulls home, despite Gale then being sin-binned for holding down seven minutes from the end.
Wakefield boss Richard Agar was not impressed with his players.
"I'm pretty annoyed with our guys - we had a soft and dishonest start to the game and when we decided to work a bit harder, we fought our way back and were playing some good football at that point," he said.
"Whether we were under the guise that the wind would do it all for us in the second half, I don't know, but our kicking game let us down.
"We were kicking over the dead ball line, kicking off on the full, kicking out on the full, and our chase let us down."