Having started his Middlesbrough reign with one point from two winnable home fixtures, Wilder went into the trip to Huddersfield Town knowing that his new side desperately needed a win.
However, Duncan Watmore’s early double ensured that Boro enjoyed a relatively comfortable 90 minutes, the goal that they conceded coming in added-on time.
Collecting three points has made a difference of five positions, and the North-East outfit will realistically find themselves back in the top 10 if they can win again at the weekend.
Although six matches have now passed without Boro recording a clean sheet, Wilder will feel that there are better things to come now that he has got his first victory on the board.
While Boro have netted in their last five matches, they still require someone to contribute regularly in the final third, Matt Crooks the only player to score more than three times in the league this season.
Heading into their home fixture with Reading last weekend, Swansea boss Russell Martin would have felt that his side were on the brink of challenging for a playoff spot.
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A shock 3-2 defeat against the Royals is a major spanner in the works, the Welsh side now six points adrift of sixth spot and having won just once in four matches.
Swansea had been on a run of four successive home wins before the double-header with Now Tckpool and Reading, leaving Martin will the task of trying to keep his team in the promotion picture.
With their only clean sheet in five outings coming away at struggling Barnsley, Martin must try to restore the balance from earlier in the season, even if it takes something away from their greater return in front of goal