Tommy Wright was delighted to see Corby Town bounce back from their FA Cup disappointment as they ended a run of four games without a win.
The Steelmen were comfortable 4-1 winners over Paulton Rovers as they moved up to fourth place in the Southern League Premier Division and it came just a few days after Corby had been dumped out of the FA Cup by lower-ranked Norton United.
Paul Malone and Spencer Weir-Daley both scored twice to earn Wright’s men their first win in September.
And the manager hailed hailed an impressive overall display, particularly in the second half.
“To bounce back the way we have was very pleasing,” the Steelmen boss said.
“The performance wasn’t really the way we wanted it to be in the first half but we scored the two goals with Molly (Malone) showing everybody what he is capable of in their box.
“But then we go and give a silly goal away and with the way we set up from corners that should have been bread and butter for us. But it let them back in the game.
“We changed a few little things at half-time and the way we played in the second half was what we and the fans want.
“We looked comfortable on the ball, we created a lot and we took our chances.
“There were good performances throughout. I wouldn’t want to single anyone out because I thought they were all very good.”
Wright, meanwhile, was full of praise for new signings Jamie Anton and Liam McInally.
Anton was assured in defence for most of the afternoon while McInally impressed in midfield after coming on as a second-half substitute.
And Wright said: “We have belief in them and we liked them in pre-season but it was just the fact that we were full.
“We wanted to take the two players off the back of that performance (the 1-0 pre-season win at AFC Rushden & Diamonds) but we couldn’t.
“We made the decision on Lewis Jackson at the start of the week and that freed up a bit of money so we were able to get them in.
“They have been a welcome boost and a breath of fresh air. I think they have given our boys a bit of a boost.”
Wright revealed he will be ruled out of action for “two or three weeks” due to a shoulder injury.
But he is hopeful that Edi Appleton (Achilles) and Shane Byrne (hamstring) will be available next week.
The Steelmen are currently without game next Saturday following their FA Cup exit.
The next assignment is a NFA Hillier Senior Cup clash at Kettering Town on Tuesday but Wright revealed they are still trying to set up a league game for Saturday.
He added: “We are trying to get one, that’s what is happening behind the scenes.
“If we can move a midweek game forward then we will and the league wouldn’t stand in our way if we are able to do it.
“We are working hard to get a game for next Saturday but we are just switching our attention to the game on Tuesday against Kettering.”