Tommy Wright was a proud man as a change in approach resulted in Corby Town claiming an excellent point as they held Vanarama National League North leaders Nuneaton Town to a 0-0 draw.
The clean sheet came seven days after the Steelmen had conceded five goals in 18 minutes as they were dumped out of the FA Trophy when they went down 6-2 at home to Tamworth.
Paul Malone made his first league appearance since breaking his leg back in February as boss Wright changed the formation while Anton Brown also started for the first time since suffering a dislocated wrist at the end of August.
Nuneaton did hit the woodwork twice but the Steelmen, who remain in the bottom three on goal difference, held on for a vital point.
And Wright was bursting with pride and he piled the praise on his players after admitting he has given the team a “new identity”.
“I am proud of my team,” the Corby manager said.
“We changed the shape and went with a back five and I thought Molly (Malone) was excellent alongside Clayton (McDonald) and Duane (Courtney) and we also had Anton Brown back in there as well.
“Those two coming back are big for us and not just in terms of their physicality but because of their characters. All of a sudden we have added two leaders to the team.
“We worked really hard on a gameplan and I have basically given the team a new identity.
“That’s the way it had to be because the statistics don’t lie. We have conceded the most goals in the league and it couldn’t go on. Something had to change.
“I never once thought I had a bad group of lads but we had to sort things out. We came up with a formation and the boys have bought into it.
“They stuck to the gameplan and worked hard for each other and those were the two things I demanded from them before the game.
“This result will have made me popular with the managers of teams in the play-off places but “I am only interested in us and this will give the lads that bit of belief.
“I have stuck my neck out for them all season and they played how I know they can.
“They showed real resilience and to keep a clean sheet against a team as good as Nuneaton should really help us as we move forward.”