Cheltenham boss Mark Yates paid tribute to new arrival Jermaine McGlashan after the winger steered the Robins to victory against Burton.
The former Aldershot ace opened his account with a fifth-minute opener and had a number of chances to put the game beyond Albion's reach before Sido Jombati added a second after Brewers new-boy Patrick Ada had been sent off.
Jeff Goulding could also afford to miss a first-half penalty for the Robins, awarded after another McGlashan run ended with him being shoved over inside the area.
"He was a nuisance from the start and could have had five goals. He got a penalty for us, put a couple of great balls into the box and had two or three kicked off the line," said Yates. "We signed him to be a nuisance - we know what problems he caused us in the two games he played against us. He was simply outstanding.
He added: "We played on the front foot from the start and there was only one winner. We played really well and looked a threat all game. We looked fresh and lively, we looked strong and committed. We scored two but could have had 10.
"There are going to be lots of ups and downs until the end of the season for a lot of clubs. We've got three points which is three points closer to where we want to be. All we can worry about are ourselves. We are in control of our own destiny. It is all about keeping the momentum going."