Gavin Strachan praised the resolve of his Ilkeston FC players after seeing the Robins record their first win in seven league games on Saturday.
The 3-1 success over high-flying Nantwich was their first since August 24 and came despite the visitors being a goal to the good at half-time.
And it was his young team’s response to that deficit that pleased Strachan most.
He said: “They responded really well as we probably didn’t deserve to be behind at the break.
“For a side this young to not only fight back like that against a team who are second in the league, and then to also hold out so well to make sure the three points were ours, was fantastic.
“We knew the win would come eventually and we’ve now also taken four points from sides at the top of the table in the last couple of weeks, so things are looking positive.”
A change in formation saw the Robins play 5-3-2 and Strachan was pleased to see it pay off.
He added: “It’s a formation I’ve used before and we needed to try and cut out a lot of the goals we’ve been conceding and it worked well.
“The players trained well all week and although it took a little while for things to click today, we were far better in the second-half and deserved the win.
“I thought new boy Jack McKay did really considering he’d only signed yesterday and hardly trained with us, and we had a 17-year-old at the back in Jordan Wheatley who was excellent too.”
Ilkeston are back in action on Monday night when they host Barwell at 7.45pm, then Colwyn Bay make it three home games in a row next Saturday (10th).