Adam Murray was full of praise for his Mansfield Town players after they secured their first win in eight games at Carlisle United on Saturday.
Goals from Junior Daniel and Reggie Lambe did the damage in Cumbria to give the Stags’ play-offs hopes a flicker of hope with six games still to play.
And while Murray admitted it wasn’t pretty, the three points were all that mattered.
He said: “Our discipline was excellent today. The confidence levels were low given the run we’ve been on but we stuck to our game plan and did well to focus.
“It wasn’t pretty at times and I make no apology for that. We came here to make it scrappy and horrible - we needed what you might call a ‘horrible’ three points.
“We’ve conceded a lot of late goals recently but full credit to the lads - to come through a spell like that and get the win is fantastic.”