Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers sure have a knack for leaving tough losses behind.
They've never lost two games in a row under the reigning NFL Coach of the Year.
This time, the 49ers had all of four days and no choice but to forget in a hurry; first place in the NFC West was on the line.
Alex Smith threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker late in the third quarter and San Francisco held off the Seattle Seahawks 13-6 Thursday night to give the 49ers a victory in their long-awaited division opener.
''Coming off a loss, we wanted to go out there and get that mojo back,'' linebacker Patrick Willis said. ''We never lost it, but at the same time, you never want to lose a game. It's a bad taste in everybody's mouth. We just knew we had to come out and play great football against this team tonight.''
It wasn't all that pretty, but that hardly matters to the Niners.
They're alone in first place - for now.