Ronnie Moore is delighted to keep proving the doubters wrong after seeing his Tranmere side win 2-0 at Hartlepool and climb back to the top of npower League One.
After three games without a win, Rovers were overtaken by Sheffield United and Stevenage, but victory put them back at the summit. Andy Robinson's 79th-minute penalty was followed by Cole Stockton's injury-time strike to extend Pools' winless run to 15.
Moore said: "We've gone top and a lot of people thought we could slip up in this one, we never did we. We knew a draw would take us top and three takes us clear now. We had to be patient in the first half - we were a bit edgy I don't know why.
"They should have scored at the start of the half and the keeper made a save to keep us in it. Then so many saves are made, so many balls put across the box and you wonder if it's our night. Then James gets on the ball and is tripped, it's a penalty no doubt.''
Rovers could have been two goals up after six minutes, but Jake Jervis and Jake Cassidy saw chances go begging, and it wasn't until James Wallace was tripped in the area that Robinson was given the chance to score from the spot.
Pools were whacked 6-1 at Chesterfield in the FA Cup at the weekend and Moore admitted he was wary of a reaction.
He said: "Hartlepool have lost 6-1 on Saturday, they are bottom and it's about convincing the players you don't just turn up to win. We knew what we had to do and we were wary of them - Micky [Barron] has got them going to be fair and they had a go. During the second-half we ground them down. It's freezing cold, windy, raining and do we have the spirit to grind this one out? That's what I asked them before the game.''
Bottom-placed Pools are without a manager and a number of prospective bosses watched from the stands, with Phil Brown among them and favourite for the post.
They have lost 10 times in League One this season and Barron admitted: "It was frustration for us. We passed the ball well at times without having that killer edge to score. Second-half we didn't get on the ball good enough and the momentum swung in their favour.
"It's tough, we did play well first half and everyone could see that and appreciate it. It was working alright, but another individual mistake costs us when they get a penalty. It's the way it is for us, people making errors at bad times for us. It's easy to say we played well but didn't win.''