Neil Lennon revealed he urged Celtic to keep going all the way to their last-gasp 1-0 win at Dundee which takes them 10 points clear of Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
The Hoops stepped up the pressure after a goalless first half but it looked like the second-bottom Taysiders would survive six minutes of added time until French striker Odsonne Edouard converted a James Forrest cut-back for a dramatic winner.
Celts boss Lennon said: "I said at half-time that we will wait until the 49th minute of the second half if we needed and the players followed the instructions out.
"You are not going to roll over teams who are fighting for their livelihoods and Dundee fought like Trojans.
"The object was to win the game and go 10 points clear. We've done that and now we can assess things in the next two weeks during the international break."
Lennon, who took over in February when Brendan Rodgers left for Leicester, put his own exuberant goal celebrations down to "relief, emotions, importance".
He said: "It is not easy coming in at this time and following in Rodgers' shoes, taking on a style of play you are not used to, a different environment at the training ground and different players.
"So I had to do it bit by bit and what you saw was relief."
The next of Celtic's eight remaining league games is against Rangers at Parkhead and Lennon says the pressure on his side was eased by the late win.
He added: "It's significant. Psychologically it is huge.
"It means we don't have to win it. All the onus is on other teams around us.''