Tommy Wright praised his Corby Town players for the way they “dug in” to make it six matches without defeat in all competitions.
Goals from Spencer Weir-Daley and Elliott Chamberlain - his first for the club - put the Steelmen in control against Cirencester Town at Steel Park.
But defender Edi Appleton was sent off for deliberate handball and, after Cirencester had scored from the penalty spot, Corby were forced to see out the final 27 minutes with just 10 men.
However, they held on for another three points, which saw them remain in third place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division and stay in touch with the top two.
“It was a nervy end to the game after the sending-off,” Wright said.
“It was backs to the wall for us towards the end but the boys massively dug in and their hard work deserved the three points.
“I thought we played some good football in the first half and Elliott needed the goal he got.
“Even in the first half he had a shot blocked but that goal has been coming.
“We know we will get into positions where we are 2-0 up in games but it’s then about how we react to that and the boys really dug in on this occasion.
“Barring the top two, every other result went for us so there is a bit of a gap between ourselves and the play-off places.
“We will try to keep on their toes and if we do that then we will give ourselves a chance.”
Wright, meanwhile, insists he won’t “dwell” on Appleton’s sending-off as the attention now turns to Tuesday night’s trip to Arlesey Town.
The Steelmen boss added: “We will have a look at it on the DVD, Edi apologised and he is beat up about it.
“But I just said to him that we won the game and he got out of jail.
“I am not going to dwell on it. He made a decision, which is done in a split second, and luckily we got away with it.”
It proved to be a bizarre afternoon for Steelmen assistant-manager Dave Clarke as he ended up running the line for around an hour of Saturday’s game.
One of the referee’s assistants was injured during the first half and, with no other qualified officials in the stadium, both teams agreed that Clarke could take over the duties on one side of the pitch.
And it was a role he performed without any incident, although he was told by the referee that he was not allowed to coach from the sidelines.