Buckie boss Graeme Stewart admitted his team did not deserve all three points against Huntly.
“I am delighted to get the win but disappointed with the way we played,” he said.
“We are setting higher standards now and we will make changes because I don’t think that was good enough.
“I know it is not easy to play well every week and so I am happy that we ground it out.”
Hat-trick hero Kevin Fraser also conceded that Buckie made it hard for themselves after surging into a two-nil lead inside half an hour.
Both goals came from Fraser, the first a smart finish after 21 minutes after being cleverly set up by his brother James.
The second was a tap in after Chris Hegarty’s corner was volleyed goalwards by Lewis MacKinnon in a pre-planned corner routine worked out on the morning of the game.
However, Huntly hit back with two Ian Cruickshank goals from a free-kick and a corner before half-time.
And when Dean Donaldson fired Huntly ahead early in the second half, the Jags looked in trouble.
A soft penalty got them level through Shaun Carrol but Hegarty blew the chance to put them ahead when he saw his penalty six minutes from the end saved by Fraser Hobday.
Just when it looked as though the game would finish a draw, Fraser nipped in behind the Huntly defence and lobbed Hobday for the winner.
Said Fraser: “I was just onside and it was a great ball from Chris Angus.
“We didn’t play to our potential but we ground out the result and that’s what matters.”
That was his first domestic hat-trick, although he did get one during a spell in Australia.
Fraser (24) and big brother James (25) have formed a really good partnership up front.
“He’s a good player but a different type of player to me. He’s strong and holds up the ball.
“When we were younger we argued a lot but we get on better now.
“Hopefully we can keep going and get a streak going.”
Buckie welcome struggling Rothes to Victoria Park this Saturday in the William Hill Scottish Cup 1st round and Stewart knows they cannot afford to treat the Speysiders lightly.