Tommy Wright hailed the “togetherness” of his Corby Town squad as their charge at the top end of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division continued with a fine 4-2 win at fellow contenders St Neots Town.
All seemed to be going to plan on Boxing Day after Elliott Chamberlain gave the Steelmen a 1-0 lead at half-time at the Cozy Stadium.
But the hosts battled back to lead 2-1 before the Steelmen produced a stunning final 10 minutes in which they hit three goals through Edi Appleton, Ben Milnes and Chamberlain again to secure another crucial three points.
Corby now sit in second spot on goal difference after Poole Town returned to the summit thanks to a 1-0 win at Frome Town.
And while boss Wright conceded his team made it hard for themselves, he was delighted with the way they fought back having seemingly thrown the game away at one stage.
“You looked at it before the game and St Neots are an attacking team and we are an attacking team,” he said.
“We are disappointed to have conceded two goals but the fact we have scored four against these does not surprise me to be honest.
“I think it was always going to be end-to-end. They are great going forward but at the back they are vulnerable and I think we exploited that at the end.
“We made it hard for ourselves but the fans are loving it, we are loving it and it’s unbelievable at the minute.
“We are just taking it to another level each and every game. That togetherness is so strong and we have to keep building on it.
“We weren’t naive enough to think we could turn up and walk away with three points.
“We were 1-0 up at half-time but it’s always a dangerous scoreline and we had a brilliant chance where Elliott has completely missed it. He would have deserved that for his work-rate.
“We had them by the throat and didn’t finish them off but they got the goal and then everyone was looking at each other.
“They have got two goals but we have fought back tremendously well and that shows the togetherness.”
There was cause for concern for the Steelmen, however, with both of St Neots’ goals coming from set-pieces.
And Wright knows those goals must be cut out if Corby are to keep up their impressive challenge for honours.
“We have all the games recorded and that gives me and Dave (assistant-manager Clarke) an opportunity to look back,” the Steelmen boss added.
“Set plays are always a straightforward thing and there is no hiding from that.
“We won’t leave a stone unturned just because we have come away with three points.
“We need to cut these goals out. Against good sides you get punished and we nearly got beaten.”
The Steelmen return to action on New Year’s Day when they take on Histon at Steel Park (1pm).