Plymouth manager Derek Adams felt his side were worthy winners as he tasted victory in the Devon derby for the first time with a 2-0 win at Exeter.
First-half goals by Graham Carey and Paul-Arnold Garita - his first for the club - were enough for the Pilgrims, who contained Exeter well to seal a seventh straight win in all competitions.
Adams said: "It was a very good performance. We were in total control of the game from an attacking and defensive point of view.
"We needed big performances from the team and you need to have that away from home. It was a hostile atmosphere and we coped really well with that.
"This is a difficult league. It is not easy to win games in this league and we have obviously gone on to win six in a row in the league and one in the cup.
"We have showed we have got very good metal strength, very good players in our team and they have come to a difficult venue and taken all three points.
"Now we are putting our foot on the pedal now and we need to keep going. It is a difficult league and we haven't done anything yet, we have put ourselves in a good position early on."
Exeter manager Paul Tisdale is coming under increasing pressure from fans after a fourth straight home defeat, with many turning on him at full-time.
But he believes it won't be long before his team start getting some wins.
He said: "I am really proud of the players for the way they kept going. I was really pleased with the way the players played but it hasn't manifested itself in terms of results.
"It has been the trend for our last couple of games but they certainly believe in each other and trust one another.
"Our Achilles heel has been an unsettled back four over the past couple of months.
"We got undone by two goals through the middle of midfield and that was the difference between the two sides.
"You have to score more goals than the opposition, that's the bottom line. But you also have to look at the long-term and the progress of the team.
"I have won Devon derbies and I have lost derbies and there have been some where I have come in absolutely seething. But I said to the players I trust in you and I believe in you, you showed an awful lot of guts in the way you played.
"I would be upset if I was set here thinking where is this team going? Where is the next step? I can see it, we just need to get a win or two under our belts."