It took Panama longer than they would have liked but in the end they finally got the one goal that they needed to beat a 10-man Martinique squad Thursday night in Group A play of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
FC Dallas striker Blas Perez only played the last 25 minutes in the 1-0 win.
Striker Gabriel Torres coolly converted a penalty kick in the 85th minute, one minute after sub Jairo Jimenez had been brought down in the area. He had also scored on a penalty kick in the Canaleros' 2-1 win over Mexico.
The win gives Panama six points from two games, guaranteeing their entry into the knock-out round. Martinique are still in the hunt with three points from their two outings.
Perez and Panama will finish up Group A play on Sunday as they take on Canada in Denver. Kickoff for that match is set for 5:30pm CT.