Scott Machin felt Kettering Town got a “monkey off their back” by picking up a much-needed victory at Latimer Park.
The Poppies booked themselves a trip to Mickleover Sports in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy as first-half goals from Andy Gooding and Andy Hall sealed a 2-1 success over Lincoln United.
Kettering were forced to hang on towards the end after the Evo-Stik Northern League Division One South side pulled a goal back with nine minutes to go.
But they saw things out to end a run of four games in all competitions without a win at home.
And while joint-manager Machin conceded they could have made it easier for themselves, he was delighted to get through the tie, which saw 17-year-old winger Reubus Richard-Noel make his first start for the club.
“I thought we deserved to be in front at half-time, we took our chances and did really well,” Machin said.
“We created some good opportunities in the early part of the second half and if we had taken one of those it probably would have finished it but we weren’t clinical enough.
“And, as it always is, if you don’t take those chances they could always pop one in at the other end and it was a bit of a rearguard action for the last 10 minutes.
“But we came through it so I am really pleased.
“We weren’t good enough in the first half against Uxbridge and then in the second half we missed some fantastic opportunities. That one, I wasn’t too down about but the one the week before, we were really disappointed with.
“We have got the monkey off our back here now. We have gone and won the game and we need to get back on a roll and get some more wins under our belts.”
The Poppies now have a full week to prepare for the resumption of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central campaign next weekend.
The leaders travel to Royston Town, a team who are highly fancied to do well this season.
And it is looking increasingly likely that their ranks will be bolstered by one, or possibly two, new signings next week.
Kettering are still being heavily linked to Elliot Sandy, who was with the club during last season.
And while Machin named no names, he is hoping some new additions will provide the squad with a “further lift”.
“We are a little bit short on the ground at the moment in terms of numbers so we are working on trying to bring a couple of new faces in if we can,” the joint-boss added.
“And if we do bring them in it will give us a further lift for next week.
“I can’t really say who they are to be honest.
“We have made two seven-day approaches for players so until we have deals done, it’s not really fair to talk about other clubs’ players.”