Craig Hignett has insisted that the positive feeling of getting off the mark at Maidenhead United on Saturday can drive his side on during two tough home fixtures this week.
Pools play host to much-fancied AFC Fylde at Victoria Park on Tuesday night before welcoming Bromley to the North East on Saturday in a double header on home soil.
And Hignett reckons that the feel-good factor created by their 1-0 triumph at York Road over the weekend can galvanise the players ahead of those games.
“I think we’re in a really good frame of mind after Saturday,” he told us.
“It was obviously important that we got off the mark and I thought it was a really good performance at the weekend.
“I think out of the six halves we’ve had so far we’ve probably only had one bad one, which cost us against Sutton, but generally we’ve played some good stuff without having the rub of the green at times.
“It’s a big week for us now because Fylde are a team you’d expect to be there or thereabouts again – they did well last year and they’re a good footballing side.
“Bromley have strengthened well too over the summer so we have got two tough home games to test ourselves in but I am confident we can meet those challenges head-on.
“We’re not going in to any game with anything other than a positive mind-set and a determination to get a result – and I think we’ve got the players who can compete with anyone in this division.”