Lions caretaker head coach Johan Ackermann praised his men for their show of character to fight back and defeat The Sharks on Saturday.
The hosts trailed by 16-6 at the half-time break but tries from Ruan Combrink and replacement Jaco Kriel helped them to a 28-22 success in Jo'burg.
"The character was tested and the guys showed character, so I am very proud of them and grateful," Ackermann said.
"The good thing about the win is always it keeps the excitement in the camp up and that is the positives."
He, however, felt the team still had a lot to improve on if they wanted to defend their title successfully.
"There are a lot of things that we can correct but it is better to win than to fall behind and start chasing on the log," he said.
"There is still a lot of work to do and we are still a way off from where we want to be but hopefully in the next few weeks we will become even better."
The top-of-the-table Currie Cup clash saw the Sharks move into the second place in the standings, three points behind the Lions and a point ahead of Western Province.
Sharks mentor John Plumtree lamented the fact his side let the match slip from their grasp.
"We just didn't build enough pressure, the times we had the ball and put pressure on them we looked - after four, five phases - like we could break them," Plumtree said.
"That was our main focus this week we tried to just keep it simple but the guys couldn't execute so it is disappointing.
"We aren't going to win the Currie Cup unless we can do our share of attacking and building pressure."