PITTSBURGH — It wasn’t perfect. Not even close. The finish was soft, and there were some situations when fundamentals were sorely lacking.

Still, it might have been the New Orleans Saints’ best win of the season.

You could argue the Green Bay win was more impressive or that the Saints played better in a number of other games — both in wins and losses — but Sunday’s 35-32 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field was desperately needed.

Coming into Sunday, the Saints had lost three consecutive games at home, losing sight of the basic fundamentals necessary to succeed. They were very much a team on the brink, only being kept alive by the wildly underachieving NFC South.