BOUNCING Jesse Marsch is hoping Leeds United’s dramatic 2-1 victory against relegation rivals Norwich City will act as a springboard to safety.

The Whites’ coach, a hyperactive, frenetic figure on the Elland Road touchline, admitted he felt as though he had played the full 96 minutes against the Canaries as Leeds ended an eight-match winless streak in sensational fashion.

After Kenny McLean wiped out Rodrigo’s early opener in injury time, teenager Joe Gelhardt was sent on and promptly sent home fans into delirium by converting Raphinha’s pass.

Euphoric Marsch and his staff went wild but after coming down to earth he stressed post-match the need for his players to remain calm as he prepares his men for a tough trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night night (8pm).

There were signs on the pitch that Leeds were showing a better understanding when to play quickly and when to slow it down. Under Marsch’s predecessor, Mareclo Bielsa, everything, even throw-ins, was done with speed.

Marsch said: “I could see there's this desire to attack and go forward and be aggressive and that's good, but we also have to understand what the game is giving us and then understand how to use what the opponent's giving us to figure out how to control the match the way we want to control it.”

Big as the victory was, Leeds remain firmly entrenched in a relegation battle and Marsch knows while it was a step in the right direction there is plenty of hard graft ahead.

“We need this moment", he said. “We need momentum to instil belief in the transformation that we’re trying to make. But there’s still so much work to do and there’s still so many little things that we can improve on and we will. We will use this moment to help us get to understand where we want to go.”

While the overall performance good, United still showcased their failings against a poor Norwich side – failure to take chances and the lack of a clean sheet. Dean Smith’s side should have been put to the sword on the scoreboard in the opening half but Leeds made life difficult for themselves in a match they should have won in a canter.

Patrick Bamford’s first start since mid-September was a huge bonus and providing he shows no reaction to his 45-minute outing will lead the front line again at Molineux.

Although he was among those who missed glaring opportunities, Bamford’s presence gave the Whites an attacking focal point, holding up the ball and linking play. United were not as effective up front when he was replaced at the interval.

The priceless win took Leeds four points clear of the drop zone but sides below them have matches in hand. One of them Everton, entertain Newcastle on Thursday (7.45pm).

The Wolverhampton game – the last before the international break – could prove as crucial as Norwich, Burnley and Watford don’t play this weekend.

Seventh-placed Wolves will be without Nelson Semedo and Ki-Jana Hoever with hamstring injuries while forwards Pedro Neto (foot) and Hwang Hee-chan (impact injury) may also be missing.