The 21-year-old admitted that it wasn’t the best footballing spectacle at the KCOM Stadium, but was quick to stress that getting the three points was all that mattered.
It was a result that ended a 13-game winless run in the league for the Tigers and Lopes insisted he and his team-mates were less concerned about the aesthetics, setting their focus firmly on achieving the desired outcome.
“It was a huge three points,” he said.
“I don’t think we played great football but, with the position we’re in, all that mattered was getting the three points and the win – and we did that last night.
“We knew we needed to win because of where we are in the table and who we were up against. Everyone was so happy to end our wait for a win with what was such an important result.”
Although he started the game in his usual central midfield berth, Lopes was forced to switch to left-back in the latter stages of the first half after Callum Elder was forced off with concussion – and the former Peterborough United and Wigan Athletic man insisted he was more than happy to do so.
“I’ve played at full back a few times, so it isn’t totally foreign to me,” he said.
“I just had to fill in when Callum went off. It is what it is. I’m happy to play anywhere to help the team and that is what I did last night.”