Chesterfield manager Paul Cook believed his players showed ‘great desire’ to overcome Morecambe at the Proact Stadium on Tuesday night.
Cook’s side put to bed any lingering nerves when Jay O’Shea’s header beat former Spireite keeper Barry Roche in the Shrimps goal.
Despite Morecambe’s best efforts early on, Chesterfield produced a commanding second half performance which boosted their ambitions of claiming an automatic promotion place.
Cook said: “We showed great desire to do what we do well and that’s to pass the ball.
“It’s something we never did at Mansfield. We didn’t dominate Mansfield like we dominated Morecambe second half.
“I’m really pleased for the players because they haven’t half worked hard. They really have worked hard this year. Six games to go and we’re in a great position as a club.
“Every club would love to be off to Wembley this weekend. There are only two clubs going, ourselves and Peterborough.
“We’ll sit back and watch the results go in and then we look forward to Newport.”
Eoin Doyle was given his chance to impress ahead of Sunday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final against Peterborough United.
“At times we lack a cutting edge. It’s obvious to everyone we don’t score enough goals,” said Cook. “Players don’t miss deliberately.
“Eoin Doyle’s had two or three great chances to score and if he gets those goals his confidence is sky high and we’re bubbling.
“The hardest part in football is to convert chances. That’s what makes strikers over the years very special, the ones who do it regularly.”
The result was made all the more crucial on a night when all the division’s top five sides won. Chesterfield remain in third, a point behind Scunthorpe United and three points behind League Two leaders Rochdale.
The Spireites maintained a six-point gap ahead of fourth-placed Fleetwood Town in the play-offs and 12 points ahead of York in seventh.
Cook added: “I know teams have got a game in hand but everyone has difficult fixtures going in. You can’t come off pitches looking for help, I don’t.
“If we can beat Newport we’re still in a strong position. As the games go down, the pressures on all of us increases and we’ve got to do our best to enjoy that pressure.”