Colchester United ignored the doubters - John Ward
Colchester United boss John Ward is hopeful that Saturday's 4-1 win over Bury has shown "the doubters" that his side have belief in their own ability.
The U's travelled to Gigg Lane amid mounting supporter unrest after only one win in eight league games.
"We just needed something to trigger it and we got that with the break for the early goal," Ward told BBC Essex.
"But, for the doubters, there's still 89 minutes to lose it. For the players, there was 89 minutes to win it better."
Ward had faced criticism from fans following three straight defeats, capped by last week's FA Cup exit at home to Swindon.
But the much-travelled manager, who has built three promotion-winning teams, at York, Bristol City and Cheltenham, said that teamwork had helped the club through their difficult patch.
"Players look at the manager and how he's going to be," he said. "I get up and down like everybody else but I don't stay down for too long.
"We talked in the week about doing things as you normally do them.
"If they train well, it lifts my spirits and then it rebounds. So I think we've done it together."