Graham Kavanagh expressed pride in his Carlisle side's battling performance which earned them a 1-0 home win against Bradford.
Cumbrians striker Lee Miller produced a moment of magic in the 14th minute of Tuesday night's League One clash at Brunton Park to seal a much-needed win for the home side, who had won just two of their previous nine games.
The City defence made a hash of dealing with James Berrett's corner from the right and as the ball dropped on the six-yard line Miller, with his back to goal, produced an overhead shot to find the net.
"I'm proud of my players," Kavanagh said. "We have had a difficult time but we have picked the players up and it's a great reward to get a clean sheet and three points.
"We had a lot of tired bodies out there and I was pleased to get over the line. Bradford never know when they are beaten. They battered us down there, but everything fell into place. The buzz in the dressing room is fantastic."
Kavanagh was full of praise for Miller's goal. "It was tremendous and getting that win on board should give us the chance to push on," he said.