Wigan boss Paul Cook felt his side ran out deserved 2-1 winners over Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park on Saturday.
Goals from Dan Burn and Nick Powell were enough to secure all three points for the visitors, who move within two points of Shrewsbury at the League One summit.
“Scunthorpe are a very strong side – there won’t be many teams this season who come here and win,” Cook told the press.
“We felt at half-time we should have been in the lead. We weren’t but, on reflection, I do feel we deserved to win the game on the balance of play.
“We were already ahead of them in the league, this obviously gives us some extra space on them.
The visitors had Lee Evans sent off early in the second half for violent conduct and Cook admitted that he had no complaints with the decision.
“Lee knows he’s done wrong
“I’ll always stand by my players, because we’ve all made mistakes at some point – both in football and in life.
“Lee’s a great lad and has been a magnificent player for us so far and he’ll learn from this – it’s all part of his learning curve.
“He knows he’s let us down, and let his team-mates down but he’s not the first and he won’t be the last player to ever do that.
“As long as he learns from it we’ll be all right.”