Backed by rigorous home support, the Pietermaritzburg side ran out comfortable 3-1 over Polokwane City.
It was not the result that just matter, but the performance too as United turned in a performance like no other this season.
An early strike from Thabiso Kutumela settled the nerves of the United faithful in the stands.
Mohau Mokate added a second and Kutumela completed his brace in the second half for the home side.
Charlton Mashumba did pull one back for Rise and Shine, but it proved a mere consolation with coach Eric seeing his side hold out for a thrilling victory.
"I'm extremely happy," the new coach said. "Today was more about the result. The bonus for me is seeing what we practiced during the week. Our attacking play has been a problem, in my opinion. We worked primarily on that the whole week and then to see it come out in the game, that's a massive positive."
It was a first league victory in four months, but coach Eric is calling for calm heads as they aim to continue their fight for survival.
He added: "We are nowhere close to where we need to be as yet. It's still a long journey. We need focus and determination and character. It's like I said to them in the team talk, The only way we get ourselves out of this situation is if everybody comes to the party...all eleven of them."
United remained bottom of the table, but now within two points of second bottom Free State Stars and three adrift of Baroka FC.
They have just under two weeks to prepare for a trip to face Cape Town City on February 23 at the Athlone Stadium. Kick-off is at 15h30.