"It feels great," McNiven, 35, told
BBC Radio Manchester.
"It's nice that the players have got a reward for all the hard work they've put in this season."
Hyde narrowly avoided equalling AFC Telford's Conference Premier record of 30 league matches without a win.
“When I've been coming in for the last six months, she's been hiding under the sofa. Last night, she came and gave me a kiss”
Manager Scott McNiven on his dog's reaction to Hyde's first victory of the season
They seemed almost certain to pass the mark set by the Shropshire outfit last season, having drawn four and lost 23 of their 27 league games in 2013-14.
But goals from Louis Almond and Connor Hughes sealed a first victory in nine months - their last was a 1-0 home win over Ebbsfleet.
Hyde remain bottom of the table and 19 points from safety with 18 matches to play.
McNiven did not allow himself to believe the game was won until the final whistle blew "because we've had some close calls this year" and there had been games where Hyde had "come off scratching our heads thinking 'how have we lost that?'"
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