Jay Rodriguez of West Bromwich Albion celebrates scoring the second goal during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match against Exeter City.
West Bromwich Albion won their first match in all competitions since August 22 with a 2-0 victory over Exeter City in the third round of the FA Cup.
It was also a first victory for manager Alan Pardew at the ninth time of asking as first half Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriguez goals secured the Baggies' passage to the fourth round of the competition.
Alan Pardew, manager of West Bromwich Albion, looks on prior to the Premier League match against West Ham United.
While a cup run is always welcomed, it is in the Premier League where results are the most crucial with West Brom currently second bottom and four points from safety after 22 games.
However, can this triumph - even against Sky Bet League Two opposition - help kickstart the West Midlands team under Pardew as they prepare to return to league action?
West Bromwich Albion's Hal Robson-Kanu (l) outpaces the Exeter City defence during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match at St James Park.
Next up for the struggling outfit is newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday (January 13); the sort of home fixture that they surely have to win if they want to have any hope of avoiding relegation.
While beating Exeter may not live long in the memory, was Pardew sensible going with a strong team selection at St James Park to not only confirm their progression, but also to give some much needed confidence ahead of an important clash with Brighton?