Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley was pleased to see his side dig in defensively to pick up their fourth Sky Bet League Two win on the bounce.
The Mariners beat Cheltenham Town 1-0 at Blundell Park, thanks to Wes Thomas’ first-half penalty – his 10th league goal of the season.
And Town boss Jolley said he was pleased to see his side put in a good defensive performance to pick up all three points.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “I think we won the game in a different kind of style – recently we’ve been quite fluent and scoring quite a few goals.
“And today we really had to dig deep, it was a tough League Two game of football – fine margins.
“But we got our goal, and then we kept a clean sheet, and it’s all credit to the players that they’ve won a game in a different manner today.
“I think we defended well all the way through the game, and we limited them to not too many chances.
“Every time we play we want to play good football, and attack a lot.
“But it’s not always possible, and I think Cheltenham did a good job today in terms of stifling some of our attacking play.
“But once we got the goal we knew that we could be a threat on the counter-attack if we had a solid base, and I think we did that well in the second half.
“It was a tight, tough game between two closely-matched teams, but I’m really pleased with the boys, in terms of we’ve won a game where we haven’t been brilliant in our performance.
“But we’ve been good enough to win the game, and we’ve done the basics well – in terms of our defending play.”
And Jolley said the result, and performance, highlighted the Mariners’ positive progress over recent months.
He said: “I don’t think there’s been any change in character other than a bit more confidence perhaps.
“I think the boys have really understood the plan that we want to work towards.
“And we’re finding a way to get on the right side of the margins at the moment, so it’s all credit to the players.
“They’re working hard between Monday and Friday and I think that’s showing up well on a Saturday.”
Town travel to the County Ground next Saturday as the Mariners look to make it five Sky Bet League Two wins on the bounce (3pm).