Black Leopards co-caretaker coach Morgan Shivambu was pleased with the side's response after Kaizer Chiefs took the lead in the first half.
Leonardo Castro gave Chiefs a bright start with an early opener but Tiklas Thutlwa equalised for Leopards on the stroke of half-time before netting what proved to be the winner just after the hour-mark.
"The only thing that worked for us was to deal with the second balls from Chiefs, that was our plan because we knew playing-wise they will never match us," Shivambu told SuperSport TV after the match.
"But with long balls because they've got big guys we have to deal with the second ball. We didn't start well, first ten minutes we conceded a goal because of those second balls.
"But from there we regrouped, played well, we moved the ball quicker because we knew they are just coming from Tanzania, they [Chiefs] will never last 90 minutes," he said.
"That's what we kept on telling them to rotate the ball, move it quicker so that the tempo will go down for them. We knew they will never last 90 minutes.
Lidoda Duvha also won the game from the bench after bringing on Tebogo Makobela as a right wing-back in place of a conservative full back Ethen Sampson.
"If you can check the way Castro and Ethen we pushing on the right side, we knew Sampson is not someone who likes going forward, he gives us cover at the back when we're having three," he said.
"But because it was 1-1 at half-time, we decided to put in Makobela because he will give us more like Tsheamo [Mashoene] on the other side, we tried to put the full-back [forward] and he's the one who created the [second] goal. So it was spot on.
"We still have a mountain to climb, we still have a grenade on our hand until the next game, it's only us who can take the grenade and drop it in front of everyone but at the moment we're still carrying that grenade," he went on.
"So looking at the game against Cape Town [City], that's where it will decide whether to drop the granade or what. Once we get something there then we'll drop it, anything can happen."