IT’S what you do; it ain’t the way that you do it.
And if Shaw Lane go on from this win against their closest rivals to win the title, that’s all that matters to them.
An ugly game was decided by a moment of beauty.
Jonathan Wafula still had plenty to do after Godwin Abadaki hooked Gavin Allott’s flick-on in his direction shortly after the interval.
However the wide man wrapped his foot around a bouncing ball to lob it expertly over the head of Witton Albion’s goalkeeper Calvin Hare.
The visitors’ best move, when Brad Bauress swept a pass cross-field to Steven Tames who in turn helped it on to substitute Prince Haywood, was not similarly rewarded.
Tames teed up Paul Williams, whose low drive from distance arrowed onto the inside of an upright.
To become champions, you need to be lucky with it.
It would be unfair though to say Shaw Lane’s success was a fluke.
They created more chances, and can make a case their margin of victory ought to have been wider.
Their relentless targeting of Allott – a lighthouse clad in blue against which a wave of long, high balls crashed for 90 minutes – simply wore Witton down.
It also pinned them back.
On a hard, bone-dry pitch – rutted and with bare patches – they were frustrated trying to impose themselves on their hosts.
Despite that, they almost took the lead when Rob Hopley lifted a finish over Shaw Lane custodian Jon Stewart that dipped a fraction too late.
At the other end, Alex Byrne’s attempt flashed across the face of goal.
The clearest opportunities for either side arrived in the opening period’s final 60 seconds.
Stewart reacted brilliantly to parry Bauress’ fizzing drive through a crowd of players, while Hare clawed Abadaki’s header out of the bottom corner.
There was no pattern, and chances were borne of episodes rather than coherence.
Wafula’s touch, caressed exactly where he wanted, was a neat moment amid the untidiness.
It hardened his side’s resolve too.
Allott ought to have scored when he headed high after Oscar Radford’s long throw was flicked on, then he was thwarted by Hare when they came face-to-face.
Williams then thudded that shot against a post, but it was not a catalyst for Albion.
Nor was the introduction of Haywood or Tolani Omotola.
Instead Shaw Lane looked more likely scorers, and Wafula sliced horribly off-target after Allott cushioned the ball into his path.
The front man then blasted wide when he had another sight of goal, but saved his most glaring miss until last.
After easing aside Anthony Gardner to run clear, he steadied himself before shooting straight at Hare.
It mattered not, for still no visiting team has won a league game in Barnsley this season.
An unbeaten home record? That’s what gets you up.
Shaw Lane | 4-4-2 | Stewart (GK), Austin, Kelvin Lugsden, Qualter, Radford, Wafula, Lenighan, Harris, Byrne (Istead 90), Abadaki (Kieran Lugsden 71), Allott Subs not used Algar, Gregory, Zanwieski (GK) Goal Wafula 47 Booked Harris, Radford (both fouls), Austin (kicking ball away), Stewart (time-wasting)
Witton | 4-4-2 | Hare (GK), Gardner, Brown, Lycett, Devine, Tames (Omotola 77), Owens, Williams (Noon 88), Bauress, Jones (Haywood 62), Hopley Subs not used Hickman, Roberts (GK)
Referee Sam Barrott