Delighted Steve Housham praised the work-rate of his Gainsborough Trinity players after their 2-0 win over North Ferriby United.
Two goals in the space of six second half minutes from Nathan Jarman and Simon Russell was enough for the Blues to move up to ninth in the National League North standings.
Housham said: “It’s a massive three points and a deserved victory as I thought for the whole 90 minutes we fought all over the park and did our jobs.
“The only downside at half time was that we weren’t leading and I told the players to be patient and it will come. We ran out worthy winners in the end.
“We worked on getting crosses in the box and like we saw last week at Worcester, in a wind effected game, you’ve got to try and get it wide and get the ball in the box.
“When you have strikers like what we have at the minute, we’ve got to feed them. What they had was Denton up the top, which is very effective but I thought we dealt with it very well so hats off to the whole back four and Jan Budtz.
“To the man, they did everything we asked of them. We’ve got a tough run and what a way to start.”
There was only one change to the side which fell to defeat at Worcester, with former Ferriby striker Anthony Wilson coming in for Marc Newsham in an all ex-Villagers frontline alongside Nathan Jarman.
Both lineups featured further familiar faces between the two local rivals with Jamie Yates and Jonathan D’Laryea featuring for the Blues, whilst Josh Wilde, Ryan Kendall and this seasons stand out performer for Ferriby, Curtis Bateson started for the opposition.
The local rivals clear had fire in their bellies as well as Turkey, with the opening exchanges taken at quite a pace.
The game was barely a minute old when six foot seven centre forward Tom Denton had a header cleared off the line from the first corner of the game.
Stephen Brogan was the man to the rescue at the far post, controlling the ball before clearing his lines.
Trinity had the next chance of the game when a floated Jamie Yates cross was met by the head of Jake Picton who turned the ball towards the top corner and visiting goalie Adam Nicklin turned it over.
Denton was not quiet for too long when he had a firm header comfortably saved by Jan Budtz.
Tackles were flying in and Trinity had a couple of dangerous situations after mistimed Ferriby tackles.
Brogan was on duty when the Blues managed to get one goalwards, the curling effort had Nicklin rooted to the spot but he could not find the back of the net.
Trinity entered the tunnel in the driving seat and probably did not want the half time whistle to go.
Nathan Jarman hit a thunderous long range drive which went a matter of inches wide, minutes before Brogan set his sights on goal from outside the box and dragged a shot wide of Nicklin’s near post.
The Blues managed to stay on top at the beginning of the second period and after only five minutes they took the lead.
A Yates cross to the far post found Liam Davis who poked the ball back into the path of Jarman who drilled the ball low into the net.
Six minutes later and Trinity extended their lead with an almost carbon copy of the first.
Jarman created this one, looping the ball over his shoulder into the path of Russell who smashed the ball home.
The goals knocked the stuffing out of the visitors, who looked nothing like the position of second in the league at the start of the day.
They failed to capitalise on target man Denton’s dominance and created very little of note in the remaining minutes.
Liam King drilled a shot over after good work down the Ferriby right hand side before Russell Fry cleared the bar in injury time after latching onto a Denton setup.
Gainsborough Trinity: Budtz, Roma, Lacey, Brogan, Picton, D’Laryea, Russell, Davis, Wilson (Binns 90), Jarman (Newsham 88), Yates (Drury 81).
Subs not used: Stamp, Hedge.
North Ferriby: Nicklin, Topliss, Wilde, King, Palmer, Hotte, Clarke, Bolder (Fry 71), Denton, Kendall (Emerton 61), Bateson.
Subs not used: Gray, Middleton, Nicholson.
Goals: Jarman 50, Russell 56.