Wakefield (16) 26
Tries: Johnson, Tongia, Korkidas, Lee, Rinaldi
Goals: Veivers 3
Bradford (8) 14
Tries: Briggs, Ainscough, Royston Goals: Ah Van
John Kear joined Wakefield in July 2006 following his dismissal by Hull FC
Wakefield gave departing coach John Kear a fine send-off in his final game in charge by beating Bradford to avoid finishing bottom of Super League.
Trinity ran in five tries through Paul Johnson, Ryan Tongia, Michael Korkidas, Tommy Lee and Julien Rinaldi, Josh Veivers kicking three goals.
The Bulls responded with tries from Kyle Briggs, Shaun Ainscough and Shad Royston.
But Bradford's final place of 11th is their worst since Super League began.
It was not only Kear's last game in charge on an emotional night at Belle Vue, but a farewell too for several of Wakefield's senior players, including perhaps club skipper Glenn Morrison and prop Michael Korkidas, as well as those known to be on the move such as Julien Rinaldi, who has signed for Harlequins, and Salford-bound Ben Gledhill.
Prop Craig Kopczak was named Bradford Bulls' player of the year at a gala dinner at Odsal on Saturday night.
Wakefield head coach John Kear:
"I'm not the first coach to leave Wakefield and I won't be the last but I feel that I've had five-and-a-half years and I've loved every minute.
"I'm over the moon for the players because they've done it tough. It's been very hard this last couple of months. We've copped a lot of teams with a lot to play for with a lot of quality in them.
"Today they stood toe-to-toe and eye-to-eye with the opposition and they came up with a good win. And it was a good win with some good rugby league.
"Glenn Morrison was magnificent, Mike Korkidas scored, Julien Rinaldi scored as well and Jeremy Smith played his best game in Wakefield colours as well. They really did stand up and it means a lot to me."
Bradford coach Mick Potter:
"Injuries meant we lost our rotation and we just couldn't handle the adversity.
"The other team was up for the game, as we were, but we were a bit too frivolous with the ball and we came up with some very poor errors.
"We came back into it for a short period of time but we lost the energy battle very early in the game.
"In spite of everything I would have liked to think that we could have given a better account of ourselves."
Wakefield: Tony; Morton, Veivers, Griffin, Tongia; Smith, Lee; Amor, Rinaldi, Higgins, Mariano, Morrison, P Johnson.
Replacements: Korkidas, Howarth, Gledhill, Wildie.
Bradford: Royston; Ainscough, Sykes, Ah Van, Raynor; Jeffries, Briggs; Lynch, Addy, Hargreaves, Elima, Bateman, Langley.
Replacements: Walker, Crossley, O'Brien, Burgess.
Referee: Phil Bentham (Warrington).