Nottingham flanker Brent Wilson praised his side's forward display after Wednesday's 24-11 win over Leeds.
James Arlidge scored a try and added four kicks, and a penalty try and an Andy Savage touchdown completed a third consecutive Championship win.
Wilson said: "When people think of Nottingham they think of our backline, with fast and skilful options, so it's good to see the forwards dominate.
"It was great to see a different area of our game that we have worked on."
The Green & Whites are fifth in the table and end their regular season with an away fixture against second-placed Bedford on Saturday.
Wilson, who took on the captaincy with Craig Hammond playing off the bench again, was particularly impressed with Nottingham's tight five of Nic Rouse, Jonny Harris, Joe Duffey, Callum Green and Ryan Bower.
"That is definitely good leading into the play-offs, having a performance like that put away in the locker," Wilson added.
"The forwards have to step up at time like this, in conditions like that, and that makes set-pieces all the more crucial. The front-row boys all get pretty excited to win penalties at scrum time and that second-half penalty try was a big reward.
"Leeds took a lot out of us physically, and demanded a lot of defending. They had a lot of their big boys carrying the ball, but our defence stood up solid."