Craig Harrison once again praised the character of his side as they came from behind to defeat South Shields and bag a place in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Things looked a little nervy when Mariners front man Carl Finnigan put Shields in front against the run of play midway through the first half.
However, Pools came out of the traps quickly after the break and Devante Rodney pulled them level before a superb long-range free-kick from Nicky Deverdics proved the decisive moment.
“I thought we played well and up until they scored the goal we controlled possession,” Harrison told Pools PlayerHD.
“We panicked a little bit when they got in front and they came in to it for the last twenty minutes of the first half but I’m really pleased for the lads because once again they’ve shown great character.
“Credit to them for their reaction because I had a go at half time and in the end, I wouldn’t say it was comfortable but we’ve got the win.
“The two centre-halves were excellent in the second half; people who know me know how honest I am and if I am going to have a go at people then I’ll be the first to congratulate them when they perform like that in the second half.
“It was a great finish from Devante, talk about passing it in to the net. And we all know about Devs’ delivery and set-pieces, I would like to see him score more but what a great time to score one.
“I know from TNS that when teams are used to winning it breeds an air of invincibility and you saw that when they scored because they really got their tails up but in the second half we controlled it.”