Port Vale boss Micky Adams saluted his players and the club's fans following a 1-0 home win against MK Dons.
The visitors' failed to build on a bright first-half display when Izale McLeod and Matt Kennedy had struck the woodwork.
Vale showed more gusto for the battle and secured their fourth straight home victory with a goal by substitute Jordan Hugill.
Adams said: "We were down to the bare bones in personnel and I thought it was a fantastic effort by the boys.
"I'm delighted with the victory and to get to 60 points.
"We've become a tough team to beat here because we've built a strong mentality.
"Every mistake made is analysed by your home fans, but to be fair to them they have been terrific over the past two seasons.
"The supporters have really got behind the team and that gives the players the confidence to go out and give their best."
MK Dons dominated the opening stages and McLeod cracked an 18-yard shot against the woodwork in the 11th minute.
But Vale improved as Ben Williamson caused problems and Hugill squandered a gilt-edged chance.
Hugill came on in the 30th minute after Tom Pope was stretchered off with an ankle injury. MK Dons striker Sanmin Odelusi suffered a head injury in the same incident and was replaced by Brendan Galloway.
Kennedy rattled the woodwork when his 37th-minute strike struck the crossbar, then Vale's Carl Dickinson did likewise with a looped shot at the other end.
The goal came two minutes after the break when Hugill capitalised on a terrible mix-up between Dons' goalkeeper David Martin and defender Alan Smith.
Billy Knott lofted a pass down the middle and Hugill got between Martin and Smith to chest the ball down and roll it into an empty net.
The visitors did not do enough to earn a point in a far less eventful second-half, although Vale goalkeeper Sam Johnson made one fine save from Daniel Powell.
Adams revealed top scorer Pope is likely to miss the rest of the season.
He added: "His ankle ballooned straight away. He's fallen awkwardly and looking at it I would say his season is over.
"The positive was Jordan Hugill has come on and caused MK Dons a lot of problems.
"He ran around, never gave them a moments peace and he's scored the winning goal.
"Jordan's appearance money is also a lot less than Tom's so the chairman will be delighted."