Torquay defender Joe Oastler has praised manager Martin Ling for his coolness under pressure earlier this season.
The Gulls currently lie fourth in League Two following a run of six successive victories - a far cry from a few miserable weeks in September and October when the Devon side failed to win for eight games in a row.
During that time, Oastler said, Ling could have been forgiven for abandoning the style of football he was trying to instil in his players. But the former Leyton Orient boss persisted and Oastler stressed how important that was as Torquay found their feet and began to charge up the table.
"His methods and the way he's gone about the job have been brilliant. We didn't win a few games in a row and maybe we could have gone to panic stations," Oastler said.
"Some teams would be going to the long ball and stop playing their football when that happened but he told us to keep getting the ball down and keep passing and that it would come right in the end.
"Obviously that's happened and we won 4-0 against AFC Wimbledon and we haven't looked back. At the start of the season I never thought we'd be playing the kind of football we have recently. We're torturing teams at times."