Richard Money praised the character of his side as they battled to a 2-1 victory over Gateshead at The Super 6 Stadium on New Year’s Day.
The Pools boss saw his side get out of the traps really quickly and go in front inside six minutes when Liam Noble converted from the penalty spot and for a spell their hosts were really on the ropes.
However, Steve Watson’s men crept back in to it as the action wore on and they levelled things up when Ryan Donaldson glancing header flew in to his own net just after the hour mark.
Five minutes later it was former Gateshead man Paddy McLaughlin who provided the decisive moment, running on to the end of a great move to score and secure three precious points for Pools.
“The way we started we probably made harder work of it than I would like to have seen,” Money told Pools PlayerHD.
“I thought it was a continuation of where we were at Chesterfield and I think finally showed the home supporters the way we want to play.
“For fifteen or twenty minutes I thought we were terrific and it another step forward in finding a style that we want to develop so I was pleased with that but we lost our way and got anxious.
“It was a good performance in patches but we looked a bit nervous and you could see the effect of not having a good home run and that this isn’t the fortress we’d like it to be.
“We made hard work of it but fell credit that once we’d been pegged back we were still able to go on and win it.
“What a goal to win it – it was terrific passing and running off the ball and a great finish so I’m pleased for Paddy. Substitutes are there to have an effect on the game and he certainly did that today.”