Torquay boss Martin Ling was pleased with his players second half response in their 2-1 win over Port Vale.
Ling says he let his players know 'in no uncertain terms' that their first half performance was not good enough.
"I don't do that often, but today it was required and they came up with the answers which was pleasing," he told BBC Devon.
"We had four players that played to their level in the first half and seven that didn't."
He continued: "When you're a passing team it's not always easy to do it week in, week out, and if it isn't working you need some players to show real courage to go out there and go on the ball when they're not having a good time."
And although his side may not have played well, they still picked up three points and stay second in League Two.
"When you get to this stage of the season it isn't all about performance and great passing movements," Ling said.
"It's about scraping out the 2-1's, the 1-0's or whatever it may be, that's how you get promotion, winning when you're not good.
"I thought we won today when we weren't good for half a game, it was a very pleasing win and another notch towards that top three that we keep aiming for."