Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox says the victory over high-flying Wrexham was the perfect response to Saturday's home humbling by Kidderminster Harriers.
The Stags survived a difficult opening quarter of the match to triumph 3-1 and knock the Welsh side off the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier table.
Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham: "The lads have proved a point, especially after Saturday [against Harriers].
"I gave them stick - and I gave myself stick - because we were awful."
Cox, whose side lie fifth in the table - four points behind leaders Gateshead - added: "You have to take the rough with the smooth when you perform badly but the mark of a good side - and having character - is to do the business on the pitch.
"The lads have come here, to a fabulous side who play some great stuff and have some great players, and won 3-1. That is all we can do.
"People tend to forget we had 17 new players come to this club and we have only lost two in 12 matches and we have been to some horrendous places where you wouldn't bet on us getting a result - but we have won."