Carshalton Athletic boss Tommy Williams admitted his charges needed Tuesday night’s 3-2 win over Enfield Town.
Defeat in the Ryman League Premier Division six-pointer would have left the Robins languishing eight points behind Enfield at the foot of the table.
And while the win has not lifted them of the bottom, it does keep them in touch and also continues a run of good form, picking up seven points from the last 12.
Carshalton had to come from behind and then withstand a nervous final 10 minutes, but thanks to Nathaniel Pinney’s hat-trick, they took all the points at the final whistle.
Williams said: “We needed that, but I believe it has been coming. Anyone who saw us on Saturday at Bognor Regis, everything was there apart from the result.
“I said that to the lads that we need to put that right tonight by getting the result. Everyone worked so hard, the work ethic was there, the desire was there and that’s what we’re going to need for the rest of the season.”
He added: “I said it would take time, I would have loved to have hit the ground running when I took over and obviously picked up more points, but that togetherness and belief is growing and we need all that to see us through to the end of the season.
“You could see everyone fighting for each other, putting the effort in, working so hard and that shows how far we’ve come.”
Carshalton host Cray Wanderers this weekend – Cray were beaten 5-1 by Thurrock on Tuesday night, effectively ending Thurrock’s dalliance with the drop zone – and Williams will be hoping Pinney continues a hot streak that has seen the former Crystal Palace striker score six goals in four games.
“Nathaniel is a goalscorer – pure and simple,” Williams said.
“They are hard to come by and when I first took over, he was one of the first calls I made. I’d already done a bit of homework on him.
“He had lost his way a little bit after leaving Palace, and hopefully he’s back on track. He is enjoying his football and I am really pleased for him.
“He’s a great finisher, a good character in the dressing and I’m delighted he’s here.”
Williams was also full of praise for Nick Hamann between the sticks, saying: “Nick is a pure professional in everything he does – in his build up, his warm up and preparation.
“He is a fantastic keeper and a great guy to have in the dressing room. I know he has been working so hard trying to get the team together as well – he and Justyn Roberts have done an excellent job as club captains.”