Marcus Law was impressed with the way Kettering Town hit back from their midweek setback as they returned to winning ways with a 1-0 success at St Neots Town.
Rene Howe’s first-half goal proved to be enough as the Poppies moved to within three points of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division play-off places.
Law’s men had suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss at Cirencester Town on Tuesday night.
But he was full of praise for a solid defensive effort from his players in the second half as they battled their way to another win.
“You always enjoy any victory and we can enjoy this one,” the Kettering manager said.
“We wanted to recover from what happened in midweek and we earned it thanks to some great passages of play in the first half and some strong, resolute defending against the elements in the second.
“It was a half-chance that Rene jumped on, There was some good build-up play before it and it came during the period in the first half when we were really on top and needed to score.
“I think that’s two goals conceded in the last six league games and we have taken 11 points in that spell.
“We have bounced back from a disappointing defeat at Cirencester and we have beaten a decent team so I am very pleased.”
Law handed a first start to goalkeeper Paul Walker as Craig Hill dropped to the bench.
The former Corby Town stopper earned a clean sheet and Law revealed he may be forced to choose between the two goalkeepers in the near future.
“Paul did very well and you could see why we were keen to get him in and that we raved about him,” he added.
“I would be delighted if I was a manager in the Conference and I could afford to have these two goalkeepers battling it out because they are both very good in their own right.
“But the fact is we probably need to make a decision on which way we are going to go with that position.”
The Poppies, who now sit in ninth in the table, return to action on Tuesday night when they take on Dorchester Town, who are just below them in 10th, at Latimer Park.