Peter Taylor praised Adebayo Akinfenwa's calmness after the striker scored two penalties in Gillingham's 4-2 win over 10-man Coventry.
The powerful striker opened the scoring after City captain Dan Seaborne saw red for a foul on former Sky Blues forward Cody McDonald.
Callum Wilson equalised for Coventry from the spot shortly after half-time before Myles Weston restored the hosts' lead after 56 minutes with his first goal of the season.
Akinfenwa then notched his second penalty after 75 minutes, but Gillingham's nerves were tested when Coventry captain Carl Baker netted a fourth spot-kick of the evening with seven minutes left.
Jake Hessenthaler eventually sealed a thrilling victory for Taylor's side late on.
"Bayo took two outstanding penalties, he was really calm," said Taylor.
"As soon as Danny Kedwell got injured and we had to think about a penalty taker, Bayo said, 'Don't worry about that!'
"I didn't argue with him. I'm pleased for Myles Weston too, as he hasn't scored all season, and a player of his ability should. And Jake took his goal really well.
"It's lovely to get maximum points out of the last two home matches, but I didn't like us.
"Don't get me wrong, Coventry have some excellent players and we got tested, but we were sloppy at times and it could have been 4-4.
"We made silly mistakes - I want the players to think about winning matches and being a bit more solid.
"I don't know how close we are to survival. We've just got to keep on getting points. We're delighted to have 44 points, but there's still work to do."