Hunt delighted to edge Sligo
Sligo Rovers 2 Waterford 3
Waterford moved seven points clear in third spot in the Premier Division thanks to their first away win in seven matches at the Showgrounds.
The Blues went 2-0 up thanks to Stanley Aborah and John Martin before being pegged back by Adam Wixted and Seamus Sharkey for the hosts. But captain Bastien Hery provided the winner.
Waterford's Noel Hunt said: "I think we defended really well in the second half and limited their chances.
"We started very well going two up, but we let them back in to it, which was disappointing. But I thought we showed great character to respond with the third goal."
The former Irish international striker has joined Alan Reynolds's side in a player-coach role and will be eligible to play from next Friday's visit of Bohemians to the RSC.
He added: "Courtney Duffus had been away for a few weeks and the other lads are just coming back from the break, so we were a bit nervous about how we'd settle in. But we had a great start and I thought we got our shape right on the night."
Sligo - Beeney, Sharkey, Mahon, McClean, Donelon, McAleer (Collins 78), Cawley, Keaney, Wixted, Moorhouse (Kerrigan 62), Morrison (Cretaro 54).
Waterford - Connor, Browne, Webster, Barnett, Puri, Hery, Aborah (Griffin h-t), Martin (Kavanagh 78), O'Halloran, Duffus (Walsh 90), Akinade.
Ref - G Kelly