Wasps director of rugby Dai Young praised his players after they claimed a 13-7 victory over Exeter Chiefs at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday.
Marcus Watson’s try and Jimmy Gopperth’s boot carried Wasps to a hard-fought win against the Premiership's defending champions. The former Sevens wing dotted down in the corner early in the first half as the hosts made a quick start at the Ricoh Arena.
Gopperth’s penalty extended their lead before Exeter hit back through Luke Cowan-Dickie’s try in the second half.
But Gopperth kept his nerve and kicked a decisive late penalty as the hosts closed the gap between them and the Chiefs.
And Young couldn't hide his delight at the result which sees third-placed Wasps narrow the gap to four points on secon-placed Chiefs on the Premiership table.
"They were that little bit hungrier," he said after the match.
"We made a decision among ourselves it wasn’t going to happen again.
"Yes we know we can play some quality rugby, but there’s games where we know we’ve got to roll our sleeves up and fight for each other and it’s not all going to be about the quality we’ve got, it’s going to be about the spirit. The togetherness, the will to go over and above.
"I thought last week with 14 men we did a great job, the question we put to the lads last week was can we back it up and I thought we did."