John Sheridan praised midfielder Luke Young for the 77th-minute free-kick that sealed Plymouth Argyle's 2-1 win over Dagenham.
Plymouth moved up to 14th in the table and extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven matches thanks to Young's curling strike from 25 yards following a foul on man of the match Reuben Reid.
Reid opened the scoring in the 44th minute with a cracking shot on the run from outside the area that flew in off the inside of the post.
Seconds later, Zavon Hines levelled from six yards following a defensive mix-up but the Daggers have still never beaten the Pilgrims in the league.
Sheridan said: "It was a good goal from Youngy and he should be hitting the target a lot more. I get disappointed with him when he doesn't because he's got the ability and quality to do that."
He added: "Dagenham are a decent team. I knew they would be a threat with the front three they play and that's why they are where they are in the table.
"They caused us one or two little problems in the first half and I don't think the game really got going and they probably had the better chances.
"But we got a great goal from Reuben, and you think you are going in 1-0 up at half time and then we give away a soft goal. Whether there was a foul on Durrell (Berry) I don't know but it was a blow to go in 1-1 after looking like it was 1-0.
"I wasn't happy with the goal or the way we were playing but the performance in the second half is exactly what I want from my players.
"That's all I want from them. If they give me that every Saturday they have got a good chance of doing alright in this division. I thought the will to win, desire and work rate all over the pitch was excellent.
"I thought we nullified them. I don't think we had a lot of chances but we were always on the front foot. We worked our socks off and caused them lots of problems."