Tommy Wright hailed a “total performance” from Corby Town as they breathed new life into their season with a highly-impressive 3-0 victory over Bideford at Steel Park.
The Steelmen remain firm outsiders in the race for the play-off places in the Calor League Premier Division.
But they reduced the gap between themselves and the top five to 11 points with an excellent success against sixth-placed Bideford.
After a goalless first half, Corby took the lead thanks to Chris Carruthers’ excellent header and the same player grabbed their second before Greg Mills added the third late on.
And Wright, who was forced to watch the game as an unused substitute due to a neck injury, was delighted with what he saw from his side as they now prepare to take on another of the high-fliers, St Albans City, at home on Wednesday night.
“It was very pleasing,” Wright said.
“We were up against a very good side but I thought throughout the game, probably after a nervy 10 or 15 minutes, we controlled it and you could see we were clearly the better team.
“I think the first goal was massive for us and I think it gave us the belief to go on and get the second and the third.
“I think they were looking to let us play and then try to hit us on the counter-attack.
“They came out from the start with the intention of trying to get an early goal and they would have been happy to sit on a 1-0 win.
“But the longer the game went on, we controlled it a little bit more. We had some glorious chances in the first half and we would have liked to have gone in at half-time in front but that’s football.
“If you don’t take your chances then you give teams the chance to come back.
“But the most pleasing thing for us is that we have got three points, three goals and a clean sheet.
“It was a total performance from us. That should now give the boys the belief and hopefully they will take that into Wednesday.”
Wright, meanwhile, confirmed the Steelmen are looking to add at least one more new face to their squad in the near future.
“We are always looking to improve the squad,” he added.
“We had two lads in training on Thursday and one of those we would really like to bring in.
“We have an international clearance issue to try to sort out that out behind the scenes and hopefully there will be some news soon.”