It would have been easy for the Chicago Bears to get carried away with their emotions after ending a four-game losing streak.
Instead, the Bears recognized a 20-13 victory over the injury-riddled Detroit Lions for the flawed effort it was, and they turned their focus on preparing for a Sunday night game in Los Angeles against the Rams.
"We've just got to keep getting better," quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said. "We've just got to keep building, keep getting better, hopefully use this as momentum.
"And hopefully it builds confidence for our offense, and we just keep working hard and get back to it and try to be 1-0 next week again."
Although the Bears (4-5) scored 20 points in a stretch of just under six minutes, and Trubisky broke out of a recent slump with three touchdown passes, they went through huge chunks of the game unable to advance the ball against a struggling Detroit defense.
After taking a 20-6 lead with touchdowns on three straight possessions, the offense went three-and-out on five of its last six possessions. The defense needed to make a final stand to preserve the win.
"Just finish, let's keep our foot on the gas and finish," wide receiver Allen Robinson said. "We had been able to find some success in that second quarter and get some completions. As long as we continue to string some completions together, we'll continue to make plays."
The Bears struggled to protect their 20-6 lead against backup quarterback Jeff Driskel, who filled in for Matthew Stafford, who was sidelined by hip and back injuries.
"There's still a lot of things that we need to get better at, we understand that," coach Matt Nagy said.