Beşiktaş manager Slaven Bilic stated that his side were lucky to beat Karabükspor 2-1 at the Osmanlı stadium.
The Black Eagles needed a last minute goal from Cenk Tosun to rescue all three points.
“I must admit we were a bit lucky to win this one because they covered us well and did not give us much space throughout the game. If we could make it 2-0, the things would be a lot easier,” Bilic told the official Beşiktaş website.
Atiba Hutchinson gave the Black Eagles the lead on 25 minutes and Beşiktaş looked to have wrapped up all three points when Karabükspor goalkeeper was sent off just before the half-time whistle.
Beşiktaş did however, shoot themselves in the foot when Necip Uysal got himself sent off just four minutes after his introduction in the second half.
Musa Çağıran equalised on 79 minutes and looked to have earned the away side an important three points until Cenk Tosun scored the winner in the sixth minute of additional time.
Bilic also singled out second half substitute Tosun for praise and underlined the importance of winning all three points.
“We recorded a valuable victory at a very critical time. It was a dramatic finish, but thanks to brilliant goal from Cenk Tosun, we managed to come on top,” he added.
Beşiktaş started the week in second place, dropped into third following Galatasaray’s 1-0 win over Gaziantepspor but ended the round of 28 as league leaders.
The Black Eagles take on sixth placed Trabzonspor next in the Hüseyin Avni Aker stadium.