Vikings GM Rick Spielman walked down the Metrodome stairs to the locker room after Minnesota's victory over the Detroit Lions with a look of relief more than excitement washed over his face.
''We needed that one,'' Spielman said quietly.
After dropping to 0-3 in the NFC North, the Detroit Lions find themselves in just as desperate a situation.
Adrian Peterson rushed for 171 yards and a touchdown and Christian Ponder rebounded with his first solid performance in five games to lead the Vikings to a 34-24 victory over the Lions on Sunday.
Ponder threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns, the Vikings defense forced two key turnovers and Blair Walsh kicked four more field goals to deliver a much-needed victory after two straight losses had cast some doubt around the team's surprising 5-2 start.
''We weren't at a must-win situation, but it was dang close,'' defensive end Jared Allen said. ''It was more like a `better-win' situation...