York manager Nigel Worthington hailed his side as they secured a 2-1 win over Southend to take their fight for survival until the final day.
Adam Reed's goal inside the opening two minutes put York on their way before Matty Blair got the crucial strike just before the break.
The Minstermen now go into next weekend's trip to Dagenham needing a point to guarantee their League Two status for another season.
"It was a battling performance and you've got to show character and that side of the game and we got that into our play,'' he said.
"It was a fantastic start. It was difficult conditions with the pitch as it was very dry and bobbly but we managed that as well as we could.
"We got the result over the course of the game that we deserved."
Southend manager Phil Brown was left bitterly disappointed after York ended their play-off hopes for the season.
Brown was saddened by the way his team played and has told his team their performance was not good enough.
"I was bitterly disappointed,'' he said. "I didn't think we attempted to play any kind of football.
"When you go out there you have to go out and give your best as an individual and we were found wanting in the battle which has disappointed me."