Tommy Wright has piled the praise on his Corby Town players for the way they have pushed on following a “turning point” in their season.
The Steelmen battled back from a goal down to beat Cambridge City 3-1 at Steel Park on Saturday thanks to goals from Paul Malone, Greg Mills and Ben Milnes.
The victory made it 10 games without defeat in all competitions for the Steelmen as they moved back up to second place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
Corby are two points behind current leaders Poole Town but the table-toppers and third-placed Weymouth still have games in hand are both back in action on Tuesday night.
But Wright’s team remain on an impressive run of form, which has come after they suffered back-to-back league defeats to Dorchester Town and Bideford at the end of November.
And the Steelmen boss has praised his team for rising to the challenge as the expectancy levels at Steel Park begin to grow.
“The lads had their kicks up the backside in the games against Dorchester and Bideford,” Wright said.
“Those defeats were a big turning point for us because it literally made me question whether these boys could do it for us.
“But they have relished it and they have taken on every challenge set for them since then.
“The pressure and expectancy in our home games is growing.
“We keep going away and picking up good results and then we have to come and do it in front of increasing crowds.
“We have a young squad and I have to keep reminding myself of that.
“I knew we could do something this season but these boys are performing to a very high level on a consistent basis now and full credit to them for that.”
As far as their latest success was concerned, Wright admitted he was disappointed with the way his team started the game but felt their overall display made them worthy winners.
“We didn’t get the start we wanted,” he added.
“I think they had three set-pieces in the first few minutes and they looked the most likely to score.
“They got their goal with a wonder-strike and, over the course of the whole game, Paul Walker has made three or four good saves to keep us in it.
“But we grew into the game and got the goal before half-time, which we needed. In the end, I think we deserved the win.”