Clive Griffiths told his table-topping Knights to lighten up a little after they did just enough to see off Fylde.
Such is the expectation in the Doncaster dressing room this season, there was an air of frustration about a patchy performance in Saturday’s hard fought 29-24 success.
But Griffiths was keen for his players to take the positives out of the club’s fifth successive bonus point win of the season - and to take that positive momentum into three “humdinger” National One fixtures, starting at Richmond this weekend.
“I could sense a bit of negativity afterwards,” said Griffiths, reflecting on victory over Fylde.
“We weren’t ourselves at times, we kept dropping the ball.
“But I just told the lads we won the game and a bonus point against a good side, and we’re top of the league.
“I told them ‘let’s get it on boys, get a smile on your faces!’.
“We’re not going to be perfect every week. It was a lot better the previous week [against Cinderford] but we were playing a different animal.
“We had to defend and defend but a win’s a win.
“Fylde are an established club and they’ve had a settled coaching staff and playing roster for a few years.
“They were more cohesive than us but the more we win, the more confidence we’ll get.
“If we’re unbeaten by the end of October we will really be in with a shout,” he added.
“We’ve got three humdingers coming up now, starting at Richmond, and then against Loughborough Students and Henley.
“But there’s so many games still to come.
“It’s early days. We’ve just got to keep on winning. I’m delighted with the start we’ve made and that’s what I wanted to get across to the players after the game on Saturday.”
Saturday’s win came at a cost as Jack Cosgrove (back), Dougie Flockhart (shoulder) and Chris Hallam (shoulder) were added to Doncaster’s growing injury list.
Flockhart, who added three conversions and a penalty to his first half try against Fylde, is expected to be out for at least a month.