Darren Ferguson said Doncaster Rovers’ 4-1 win over Southend United showed they were still together following their recent sticky patch.
Rovers had to come from behind against the Shrimpers to land their first league win at home this season and were thankful to Ben Whiteman for a spectacular ten-minute hat trick.
Victory was imperative after a run of six defeats in eight in League One - and the significance of the win was not lost on Ferguson.
“I think it gives everyone a lift and it shows everyone we’ve not lost that belief in each other, especially going behind in those circumstances and we haven’t won at home and we’re obvously not on a very good run,” he said.
“But I think everyone would agree we’ve been quite unfortunate to lose some of the games that we have done this season, and even draw some of the games we have done.
“I didn’t think it was our most fluent game in possession, but it was a win.
“I think we’ve played better this season and lost. But that’s football and that’s sometimes how it works.
“The difference was that we were clinical. The goals were oustanding.
“And our reaction to scoring the goals was good because we wanted to be really aggressive because obviously we’ve had that slight problem [of conceding straight after scoring].
“We got that monkey off our back if you like. We wanted to go after them and we did it.
“The most important thing is that it’s a win, it’s a win at home and it’s a convincing win,” he added.
“Four times this season we’ve scored three goals, now we’ve scored a four. It’s just strange that’s not been more spread out a bit more evenly.
“But for me the biggest thing is that it shows a real togetherness among the group and a real belief.”