Manager Paul Tisdale singled out Richard Logan and David Noble for praise after Exeter won 2-0 at Chesterfield.
Goals from Logan and Liam Sercombe, both inside the final 12 minutes of the game, earned the Grecians an important three points on their travels at the b2net Stadium.
And Tisdale credited Logan and Noble for rallying his players.
He told the Western Morning News: "I wanted us to put pressure on their back four. I can't predict what will happen in a game because things change so quickly.
"During the first quarter we went at them and Richard Logan was the engine for that and David Noble was the catalyst. Those two set the tone.
"The players recognised they could win this match and they went into it thinking they were going to win it."