Bolton caretaker boss Jimmy Phillips was happy with the resilience of his charges after they fought back to beat Bristol City 3-2 at the Reebok.
Steven Davies struck twice for the visitors inside the first quarter of the match, but Chris Eagles, Jay Spearing and Martin Petrov all netted to turn the game around for Bolton.
"It wasn't a good start, but the response of the players after that - to keep the ball down, to keep their nerve, was great," said Phillips.
"We knew that if we could up the tempo and move the ball a bit quicker, hopefully gaps would appear, and I think the two goals we did score in the second half were attractive pieces of football."
Bolton chairman Phil Gartside put Phillips, Sammy Lee and Julian Darby in control of the first-team after Owen Coyle's recent dismissal, and the former Trotters defender admits he has relished the challenge.
"We've certainly enjoyed it so far," Phillips said. "We've had a week working with the players, we've put some different ideas to the players and the response has been fantastic. I think they have enjoyed the sessions.
"Phil asked me to take over along with Sammy and Julian, to help us and we were delighted to do that."