JACK Payne admitted it was a relief for Oxford United to end their losing run, but he knows the 4-1 victory at Peterborough United cannot be a flash in the pan.

The midfielder starred in a sensational second half for the visitors, having a hand in all four goals as they came from behind to dish out a thrashing.

Josh Ruffels, Wes Thomas, Joe Rothwell and Agon Mehmeti all found the net.

It was an impressive response after three defeats on the spin and Payne acknowledged another setback would have led to some tough questions for the side.

He said: “If we’d lost it would have been four on the bounce, then it would have been something to worry about.

“But we know we’re a good team, it’s just been the fine details.

“It’s not like we’ve been getting destroyed by teams, we’ve just been a bit unlucky in the last few weeks.

“We’re glad we’ve turned it around and now we need to build on it.

“We’ve shown what we can do and hopefully this gives us a lot of confidence and momentum going into the next couple of games.”

United had crumbled to a 3-0 defeat at Bury last Tuesday after conceding the opening goal.

Jack Marriott’s 14th-minute opener for Peterborough prompted fears of a repeat, but Payne felt the show of character to first stay in the game showed the side are learning.

He said: “That’s the most important thing and we’ve corrected that.

“It’s important after going a goal down you stay solid and not let it affect us.

“We’ve done that and it shows what can happen when you stay in a game.

“We got one and just carried on scoring. We know we’ve got goals in the team and are always going to create chances.

“We put four away and it could have been more, but we’re really happy with that.”

Payne should have added to the goals tally, but delayed too long over a golden chance which he ended up stabbing tamely at goalkeeper Jonathan Bond in the second half.

He said: “I’m not going to lie, I definitely should have scored.

“But at the end of the day I’ve been involved in all four goals, so I’m really pleased with that.

“It would’ve been nice to score, but I’m just pleased with the result.”