Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway was pleased his side ‘passed another test’ as they beat Morecambe 2-1 in Sky Bet League Two at Blundell Park.
The Mariners made it five league games unbeaten, thanks to James Hanson’s 69th-minute goal and a Josh Benson free-kick four minutes from time.
Adam Phillips scored a consolation goal for Derek Adams’s Shrimps in the 92nd minute, after an indirect free-kick in the Town area.
But Holloway was pleased to see his side pick up all three points in blustery conditions from Storm Dennis.
He said: “I was delighted at the end. Obviously I want us to play and pass, we gave a goal away at the end, but on the performance I thought we deserved to win.
“Well done to the lads who have come in and well done to the lads I’ve inherited and hopefully their confidence will be growing.
“The test this division gives you week in week out is phenomenal, and I think we passed today’s test so I’m pleased.
“We almost mucked it up at the end but I’m still looking at the positives.
“We made a mistake and cost ourselves a silly goal, but luckily we had enough skill at the other end to finish with one goal more than them.
“I’m very pleased with the way our fans are helping us enjoy trying to perform today.”
Holloway praised the connection between Billy Clarke and James Hanson, which led to Town’s opener.
He said: “I thought the pass from Billy Clarke was great – there’s previous knowledge there because they played together at Bradford City in a higher division than League Two.
“And you can see they’ve got a little bit of telepathy together.
“And I’m lucky because I’ve inherited Hanson and he’s come back fit almost as soon as I took over, so he would have been a hell of a loss for anybody.
“It was a great pass from Billy, but Hanson got a gallop on – it looked like he might not even get it.
“But to have as deft a touch as that to clip it up and over the goalkeeper like that, wow.
“I don’t need to say he’s a good player, and I’m not surprised how good he is.
“But I’m delighted that I’ve got a team with him in it now, instead of him being injured.”