John Sheridan was delighted with Chesterfield FC’s 1-0 victory over his old club Sheffield Wednesday.
The victory over the Wednesday, who are chasing automatic promotion to the Championship, saw the Spireites take a step further towards League One survival.
The Blues boss said: “We battled really well against a very good team.
“They put us under a lot of pressure and I was pleased that it was 0-0 when we came in at half time.
“I said to the lads ‘stay in the game’ and we went out for the second half and had a go and we got the break.’’
The deciding goal came 11 minutes from the end when striker Nicky Ajose was brought down in the area by John Bostock and Dean Morgan - on as a substitute just before halt-time - stroked home the penalty.
The team also recorded a confidence-boosting clean sheet, which helped Blues No 1 Tommy Lee gain the man of the match laurels.
Sheridan praised his defence for the commitment they displayed keeping Wednesday at bay.
He said: “The back four defended well and the keeper made some great saves.
“We could have lost that game 2-0 or 3-0 a few weeks ago.
“But new lads have come in on loan and they have given us a lift. They want to play football and they hit the ground running and our lads have responded.
“In the last ten games we have improved and we have just got to carry on doing what we are doing.’’
Sheridan - who admitted that he never looks while a penalty is being taken - was pleased that Morgan buried the chance near the end.
The manager said: “I didn’t know Morgan was going to take it. He had the confidence to take it and the character to put it in.
“I did not watch it, I have not watched them since I have been here.
“They are, of course, of interest. But I listen to the reaction of the crowd.
“I discovered last season that if I did not watch, we scored. That’s how it was with Danny Whitaker.’’
Whitaker scored eight times from the spot last season as Chesterfield won the League Two title.
Meanwhile, tickets for the JPT final at Wembley against Swindon on Sunday, March 25, were due to go in general sale today at 10am.
Before 8am a queue of supporters snaked around the B2net Stadium waiting their turn.
Last week tickets went on sale to season ticket holders and loyalty card holders.
Pictured is Drew Talbot leading the Chesterfield charge with John Sheridan and Wednesday manager Gary Megson looking on.