Bradford coach Mick Potter praised his players' grit and determination as they cast aside doubts over their careers to pull off a famous 30-22 victory over Stobart Super League leaders Wigan.
The Bulls, who face the possibility of liquidation in a week's time, three times came from behind to stun the Warriors and, although they scored the match-winning tries after the dismissal of Wigan hooker Michael McIlorum, the Yorkshiremen deserved their triumph.
"I'm very pleased with the players," Potter said. "It's been a tough place to win. It was a fantastic effort.
"It's great for their morale and I'm really happy for fans that came across because they were on a hiding to nothing.
"With the distractions, it is satisfying for them to come out and have a bit of success.
"You can't take anything away from what they've achieved tonight. With a bit of grit and determination, nothing was going to stop them. They were pretty determined to get the result."
Administrator Brendan Guilfoyle, who was among the 19,628 crowd at the DW Stadium, has just a week to find a buyer for the cash-strapped club but Potter remains confident it can be saved.
"It's a fantastic club and you'd like to see them continue," he said. "The only way for them is up.
"I'm sure there are people out there who want to invest in the club. We just need to get to know who they are and get them on board."
With second-placed Warrington losing, Wigan missed the chance to open up a five-point lead.
The Warriors were without full-back Sam Tomkins, who had a dead leg, and lost centre Darrell Goulding on 67 minutes with an ankle injury, but coach Shaun Wane had no complaints over the result.
"We were beaten by the better team, I suppose," he said. "They wanted it a bit more. They had more of a need to win that game.
"With what happened to Micky Mac and losing Darrell Goulding, the changes we made beforehand, losing Sam, I knew it was never going to be an easy game.
"We needed to play well and they were in a desperate situation. Fair play to them, they played better than us.
"We weren't on our game. This is a blip and we will fix it."
Wane claimed McIlorum had been provoked into swinging a punch at Bradford forward Olivier Elima, which led to him being shown a red card by referee Tim Roby, but was disappointed with the player's reaction.
"I saw two elbows to his head first and Micky retaliated," he said.
"It was a crucial decision. I was shocked to see just him sent off.
"But Micky is better than that. I won't accept that from him."
Former Wigan winger Karl Pryce scored two of the Bulls' five tries to take the gloss off a tryscoring debut by the Warriors' 20-year-old full-back Jack Murphy.
"He did well for his try, I'm just gutted we didn't get a win for him on his debut," Wane said.