Bury boss David Flitcroft hailed his players' bravery after they picked up a crucial 1-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers.
Anton Forrester's strike was enough to win the battle between two of League Two's struggling sides in difficult conditions at Gigg Lane.
Bury jumped above their rivals into 20th place, two points clear of the relegation zone.
"It turned into a battle, which pleased me because we need to keep clean sheets," said Flitcroft.
"Before I came here there were four clean sheets but now we've had three in eight games and that's a pleasing stat for me.
"I talk quite a lot about the way I want the game to be played, moving the ball around the pitch, but the character and resilience they showed here was good.
"When you're building a project you've got to look at the short-term and the short-term priority was to bring in experience.
"When the muck and bullets are flying sometimes young players can go under but we have a very good spine and leaders out on the pitch.
"To play one-touch football on that pitch takes bravery and courage. The last 60 minutes became a battle and we had to dig in but I enjoyed the first 30 minutes.
"We've shown both sides of what we can do."
Bury's attacking approach saw them create several early chances, Forrester going close with volley from the edge of the box.
Wycombe wasted a good chance when Matt McClure smashed a free-kick into the wall from the edge of the box.
The breakthrough came from a quick counter-attack, Forrester firing an excellent finish into the bottom corner of the net.
Wycombe saw Josh Scowen shoot into the side-netting from close range and Ashley Grimes did similar for Bury.
But an equaliser never looked like coming and Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth found the result particularly hard to take.
Huge emphasis now falls on next Saturday's clash with 17th-placed Accrington, who sit three points above them.
"It's hard to take and it's been a tough day," he said.
"It's a tough one against one of our rivals so we're going to have to dig deep now and next week's game becomes absolutely enormous.
"I've told the boys 'don't be thinking about anything else now', they're in a battle and will be working hard until they get out of it.
"But there's no worries at the moment. It's all on Accrington next week and that's going to be a huge game. I'm looking forward to it.
"I do feel we've got enough to turn it round, without a shadow of a doubt.
"I'm not surprised the fans are getting worried and they've got every right to because it's not been good enough.
"But I'm in charge to put that right and will be doing next week against Accrington. We should have had three points away from home against them and I'm sure we'll get it at home."