Pressure was building on the team after three defeats in the row to start the season but Preston put in their best performance so far against a poor Peterborough side.
Before kick off it was announced that Browne, Evans and Lindsay were all isolating. In times when isolation was meant to be reducing it did seem rather strange especially with Browne and Lindsay facing criticism for recent performances.
The changes in personnel seemed to have a positive impact. Bauer returned at the back and imposed himself well whilst Ledson had a decent game in midfield.
North End started the game well and opened the scoring early on when a Ledson free kick was curled into the box and Bauer headed past the keeper. It meant so much to him after missing the majority of last season through injury.
The home side took control of the game and should have increased their lead. Johnson saw an effort go wide. Whiteman smashed one against the bar and Sinclair put through on goal had his shot saved.
After the break Peterbrough had limited opportunites. Dembele went on a mazy run but his attempt and subsequent follow ups were kept out by Preston.
Sinclair had another opportunity but couldn't finish before Riis came on to apply more pressure but North End just couldn't find that crucial second goal.
In reality the visitors only had two further efforts with the first a shot which was dragged wide and just prior to the final whistle Iversen was forced into a save from a Clarke-Harris shot as he was played through.
All in all it was a well deserved three points and Preston move off the bottom. There is still a lot of work to do. Peterborough are likely to be in the bottom half of the table and North End for now need to just look at moving up the table away from the relegation places.