KEITH Curle praised a team effort in earning his first win as Latics boss.

The 2-1 triumph over promotion-chasing Exeter City ended a run of six games without a win for the club, in Curle’s fifth game at the Boundary Park helm.

Latics were made to work hard for it against a side pushing for a top-seven finish.

After Kyle Jameson scored his first of the season to give Curle’s side a 1-0 half-time lead, Alfie McCalmont’s second half volley proved decisive.

However, Latics ultimately had on-loan goalkeeper Laurie Walker to thank for securing the points after Jack Sparks pulled a goal back for the Grecians.

MK Dons shot-stopper Walker lived up to his title of ‘emergency loan’ by coming to Latics’ rescue, with a dramatic double stop the pick of his saves to secure the points, and only a fifth home win this season.

Asked if he was pleased to get his first win, Curle said: “Not half. It was three points well deserved.

"It wasn’t a footballing spectacle, but I think it was a case of everyone doing what was required. They threw everything at us.

“But as a collective I thought everybody did what was needed.

“There’s no better feeling as a pro footballer than coming off the pitch having done your job. A winning changing room is a happy changing room.”