Delighted Torquay boss Martin Ling saw his side climb into the top three following their 1-0 win at fellow promotion hopefuls Cheltenham.
And he hopes the victory, their seventh in a row courtesy of Ian Morris' close-range finish in the 33rd minute, will finally earn the Gulls the credit they deserve.
"There was a thought that we could not beat top sides but these wins against Shrewsbury and Cheltenham have proved that we can compete with anyone in this league if we perform to the best of our abilities," Ling explained. "The chairman said he wanted stability after the success of last season and he was saying anywhere outside the bottom two was what he was looking at.
"We were 18th but have gone on this phenomenal run. It's now about how we react because all of a sudden people are talking about us. People have been ignoring us but that's not the case any more."
The Gulls had to defend in numbers to keep Cheltenham out in the latter stages, calling on goalkeeper Robert Olejnik to put in a dazzling display as he produced a string of fine saves, including a brilliant reflex stop from Robins midfielder Russell Penn.
"This goalkeeper is the best I've ever worked with," Ling said. "I keep telling people that, we have nicked him from Falkirk and he's a quality keeper."