Elliot Sandy has been impressed by Kettering Town’s response since they suffered a setback at Bedworth United.
The table-topping Poppies were beaten 1-0 at the club who currently occupy second place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central just under two weeks ago.
But since then, Kettering have hit back with a 2-0 success over Chalfont St Peter and a 1-0 victory at fellow high-fliers Hanwell Town at the weekend.
Striker Sandy grabbed the winner on Saturday to make it seven goals in nine matches since returning to Latimer Park.
And he believes the form the Poppies have shown against the teams in the upper reaches of the table over the past few weeks has been crucial.
“It was another tough game but it’s great to have won another one,” Sandy said.
“They have had a good record at home so it is a great win for us and it has opened up a big gap between ourselves and third place.
“I was having a bit of a laugh afterwards when I was telling the boys about all these goals I have been scoring in the big games but I am just happy we have won again.
“It’s been a difficult run but we have gone away to places like Royston and Hanwell and taken three points and that’s what you have to do.
“Bedworth wasn’t a good performance, even though we could have got something from it, but we have bounced back with two wins.
“We are sitting nicely at the top of the league and we have kept two clean sheets in a row so we are pleased with how it has gone.”
Sandy, meanwhile, believes the Poppies are getting things pretty much spot on at both ends of the pitch at present.
“We have some good attacking options with Claudiu (Hoban) and David Kolodynski coming in,” he added.
“Dubi (Ogbonna) has been a real threat even in a wider position and I am popping up with a few goals so we are looking good going forward.
“And we are starting to shut teams out now, which is really good news for us.”