Matthew Bates paid tribute to his side for showing the character to grind out a fourth successive win despite not being at their best against Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday.
The Pools boss was also full of praise for the travelling fans who arrived in numbers to cheer the side on at Westleigh Park and were rewarded with all three points thanks to Liam Noble’s two penalties.
“Credit to the lads, they kept going and overall I think we deserved it,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD.
“Even when it went 1-1 I still fancied us to get a chance and Mark Kitching has made a great run to get to the ball first and it’s a definite penalty.
“Fair play to Liam because he missed a penalty but has then come back to score three in a row now which is a great confidence booster for him and what a celebration it was at the end – it was great.
“It doesn’t matter where you go in this league, it’s always hard – they’ve been unlucky with their results so far this season so we’re all pleased to get the win.
“It’s the first time since I have been here that I have been involved with a team who can do it the hard way and win ugly because I didn’t think we were great today.
“It’s the sign of a good team when you’re not playing at your best but you can still grind a result out like that.
“I have to say I was gobsmacked by the amount of fans we brought considering how far it was – we were like the home side and they were the 12th man for us again to see us over the line.”