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Wigan coach Shaun Wane conceded his team were far from their best on Friday night as they snatched a last-minute win against Catalan Dragons.
The Warriors needed a late try from Matty Bowen to secure a 22-16 victory at the DW Stadium in a match that saw Wigan get their noses in front just once.
The Dragons raced into a 10-0 lead inside the opening 10 minutes with tries from Morgan Escare and Ben Pomeroy, but Bowen's first of the night saw the Warriors trail 10-4 at the break.
Escare then extended Catalan's advantage, but tries from Josh Charnley and Liam Farrell levelled things up before Bowen sealed a dramatic win.
Wane said: "We bombed a few tries and it could have easily been a 20-point win, but fair play to them, they came here and had a dig.
"They are a tough team to beat, as we saw against Huddersfield last week. We weren't at our best but we have found a way to win, so I am satisfied with that."
Wane was also pleased that it was Bowen who produced a moment of magic to seal the match, saying: "He had a quiet game by his standards but to come up with that at the end was outstanding.
"That is what he has been doing for years."
Catalan coach Laurent Frayssinous was understandably disappointed at conceding such a late try, although he had nothing but praise for his men.
"I thought we deserved a point for the effort made by the guys, but rugby league is a tough and cruel sport and our discipline wasn't good enough in the end to win the game," he said.
"The performance as a team was very good. Against St Helens we started to build something and we showed it last week, and now we need to be a little bit consistent and we are confident for the future.
"The defeat hurts. We want to win every game. There are a lot of positives from tonight and I am pretty happy, but we need to do it consistently."
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|Saturday 11th October|
|St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington|
|Thursday 2nd October|
|St Helens 30 - 12 Catalan Dragons|
|Friday 26th September|
|Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalan Dragons|
|Thursday 25th September|
|Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Leeds 20 - 24 Catalan Dragons|
|Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes|
|Friday 19th September|
|St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford|
|Thursday 18th September|
|Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R|
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