Torquay United player-manager Kevin Nicholson hailed his side's attitude after his first win in the role.
The Gulls beat Southport 1-0, with Alex Fisher's second-minute goal giving the the club their first win in 13 games.
"I'm delighted by the work the players have put in and by the attitude they've shown," said Nicholson.
"If they go out and put in that kind of work rate then we will start pushing on and be where we think we should be," he added to BBC Radio Devon.
He has played in all three games since he took charge of the team and attributed the team's improvement to "character" and a developing maturity.
"There are some young lads in there, but they're not young lads any more, they've got to be men," he said.
"I've said that to a few of them and I thought every player that went out there and every player that came on showed themselves to be a man.
"Every single one of them put in an absolute shift and they deserve what they got."
Meanwhile, Torquay have confirmed that long-serving goalkeeping coach Kenny Veysey will leave the club after Saturday's game with Grimsby Town.
Veysey has been associated with the club for 28 years, having signed as a player in 1987 from Arsenal.