Tommy Wright felt his Corby Town players showed they have “grown as men” during Saturday’s abandoned clash at Truro City.
The Steelmen were leading 2-1 in Cornwall thanks to goals from Wilson Carvalho and Elliott Chamberlain before the floodlights failed with just four minutes left.
Corby will now await a decision from the Southern League and the Football Association about what happens next with the likely outcome being that the full game will have to be replayed.
But while the outcome left Wright and his players frustrated, he was full of praise for what they produced during the 86 minutes that were played against another of the sides flying high in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
“We were under pressure throughout the game because they are big, strong side who like to get the ball into the box,” the Corby boss said.
“You have to play to the conditions and in the first 45 minutes we had the wind against us.
“They have some big players and they put the ball in the area but our lads have grown as men.
“That’s the key, they are men now. They stand up and take what teams throw at them.
“It flipped around in the second half we got ourselves in front.
“They pulled a goal back by doing what they do best and a ball fell for them.
“But I thought we played the better football and we scored two great goals.”
The Steelmen remain third in the table but are now four points behind leaders Weymouth, who were 1-0 winners over Cambridge City at the weekend.
Corby are due to return to action against Hungerford Town at Steel Park next Saturday.