Chesterfield manager Paul Cook saw two of his new attackers deliver a second win of the season and then saluted goalkeeper Tommy Lee for his part in the 2-0 victory over Cheltenham.
Gary Roberts and Eoin Doyle marked their home debuts with a goal apiece but Lee also played his part when Cheltenham fought back in the second half.
Lee made a crucial block to deny Byron Harrison an equaliser prior to Doyle's late goal, and Cook said: "I think it's important we recognise the impact Tommy Lee has in games.
"At crucial times he makes crucial saves and although it's easy when we dissect the game and say we've won but for periods we were under pressure.
"But we stood up to the test against a very strong Cheltenham team and we are delighted to be on six points but we have to remember that football has got a knack of kicking you.
"The belief within the club is great but we know that no medals are ever handed out in September or August time. We want to be up there at the end of the season and results like this will help get us there."
Chesterfield deservedly went ahead in the 22nd minute when Richards played Roberts in and he held off two challenges before beating goalkeeper Scott Brown from 12 yards.
Harrison was denied by Lee but Doyle secured the points one minute from time with a low finish from 15 yards after Roberts set him up.
Cheltenham manager Mark Yates felt his team deserved to get something from the game after they rallied in the second half.
He said: "I thought we were much better in the second half, we played with a bit more urgency and we were the better side and we were a bit unlucky to have a second goal against us to be honest. We could easily have had a point."