Craig Hignett felt his side were good value for their victory at Torquay United on Saturday but admitted the players had to dig in for the result.
Goals from Jason Kennedy and Peter Kioso did the damage for Pools at Plainmoor as a second consecutive victory moved them ninth in the National League table.
Hignett also paid tribute to the 226 Pools fans who embarked on the epic 330-mile round trip to support the team on the English Riviera on Saturday.
“I’m absolutely delighted for the lads,” Hignett told Pools TV.
“It was probably a game of two halves because first half we were very good and could have been two or three up but in the second half they were excellent and we had a tough spell in the game.
“It was all hands to the pump and we had to stand up and be counted so to come through that and then do what we did at the end was great because we got stronger and better.
“It was a great goal from Peter to win it and on reflection of the whole game I thought we deserved to win it because we made so many chances.
“Their keeper made so many good saves today – the one from Fraser Kerr was brilliant – so it was going to take something special to beat him and we just had to keep plugging away.
“The following we had was frightening. The scenes at the end are what you want – there won’t be many teams come here and get the result so I am delighted for the fans they can go home happy.”