Kevin Wilson praised his Ilkeston FC players as they secured their first win in seven matches last Saturday, before urging them to build some momentum going into a tough Christmas schedule.
The 2-0 win at Stamford left the Ilkeston manager happy with the collective display put in by the Robins, the squad featuring two new signings and the return of Matt Richards.
And with Trafford set to arrive at the New Manor Ground on Saturday, Wilson felt the victory was key for morale.
He said: “I thought the display was much-improved as we did a lot better in both boxes and kept a clean sheet too.
“We rode our luck a little bit at times but perhaps we deserve that. We played some good football in difficult conditions given the wind and it’s great to be able to go back into a dressing room that’s smiling and happy and they’ve done that themselves.
“We said these games against Stamford and Trafford were always going to be big ones given the respective league positions, but things have progressed well in the last couple of weeks since Steve Chettle came in and that was evident in this display.”
Following the visit of Trafford, Ilkeston will face five of the current top six over the following weeks, but Wilson says his team holds no fear.
“This division is once again showing that anyone can beat anyone else so we’re not worried about who we play,” he said.
“Going into those games in form gives us much more of a chance. The two lads we’ve brought in (Cheye Alexander and Tyrell Waite) give us good quality and the back four is largely solid - helped by Steve Chettle working very hard with them and the result being two successive clean sheets.”
On the return of former academy star Waite on loan from Notts County, Wilson added: “Tyrell wanted to come here and he’s much bigger and stronger which is good to see.
“I’m still looking to bring more in despite the fact we’ve so many youngsters here defying their years, and it’s been pleasing to see goalkeeper Rob Peet come back in and perform well too.”
Winger Jason Stokes, meanwhile, has left the New Manor Ground. Wilson said: ““Jason is a player with plenty of ability and there’s no doubt he will have a fruitful career.
“Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for him here and I’d like to wish him all the success for the future.”