York City Knights assistant coach Mick Ramsden praised the character of the team after their Northern Rail Cup win over Swinton.
Hooker Jack Lee scored twice for the Knights in the 30-22 victory which keeps them unbeaten in their opening two group games.
Ramsden told BBC Radio York: "It was a really good game to watch for the spectators. It was a tough game.
"We're really happy with how our team dug in and fought for that victory."
The victory has moved York to joint-top in their group with two games remaining.
Ramsden added: "You've got players like Paul King and James Houston and you've got Tommy Haughey, who's got a fantastic offload game and these players are really good for us.
"But we've just got to be a bit more controlled with it. Sometimes they push it a little bit too much but most of the time it's coming off for us.
"Our defence wasn't very good for us last year. We've brought Mick Cook in and Mick Cook is very good defensively.
"We've worked hard in training and some of things we've been doing in training are starting to show on the field. We've got some good experience this year."
The Knights' next game is at home to Gateshead on Sunday, 27 February.