Elliott Dickman highlighted the true grit and determination his players showed after they put four past Peterborough United last night.
Williams Kokolo opened the scoring before Sirki Dembele levelled things up before the midway interval.
But second-half goals from Lee Connelly, Jack Bainbridge and Kokolo saw the Lads return to the north east with all three points to move top of their Premier League Cup group.
Speaking to safc.com at the ABAX Stadium, Dickman saluted the work ethic of his players to grind out a hard-fought win.
“We have seen them over a period of time do well in training and in spells of games,” he said.
“We have had a tough time in terms of the results, but I thought the Lads stuck to the game plan and I thought we took our goals really well.
“I am just really pleased for them because they are a cracking bunch of lads and hopefully that will give us a confidence boost moving forward.
“From an individual point of view there were some terrific displays out there.”
He continued: “Bainbridge, Hunter and to be honest the whole back four dealt with their attack well which included some first-team experience.
“Our midfield worked hard, and we tidied it up a bit in the second half. Williams was a threat going forward and he took his goals.
“They’ve all done great and it was great to get Andrew Nelson back from injury this evening as well.”