Skipper Joseph Yobo has said Nigeria were desperate to beat Bosnia so as not to walk a tight rope at the World Cup in Brazil.
The Super Eagles pipped Bosnia 1-0 early Sunday morning in Cuiaba to get their Brazil 2014 campaign back on course after a disappointing goalless draw with Iran.
The African champions are now second in Group F with four points from two matches and now only need to avoid defeat on Wednesday against Argentina to reach the knockout rounds of the World Cup for only the third time.
“We knew that if we did not win, we would put ourselves in a very difficult position,” said Yobo, who is featuring in his third World Cup and is just a match shy of his 100th international cap.
“We stepped it up and we knew that victory was the most important thing for us.
“It was a difficult fight against a very good team. We worked real hard for the points. We knew it would be so, but we got our goal in the first half and we defended very well, our concentration was very good. That was it.
“We knew we are better than what we showed in the first game against Iran, who again showed they are no push overs with what they showed against Argentina.”