Mansfield boss Paul Cox hailed the character of his side after they overcame a poor start to claim a 2-1 victory over York.
City centre traffic threw the Stags' pre-match preparations into disarray and, after arriving at Bootham Crescent just 40 minutes before kick-off, things went from bad to worse when Ryan Brobbel netted inside the opening three minutes.
However, the visitors soon got a foothold in the game and goals from Sam Clucas - a first-half penalty - and Ollie Palmer extended their unbeaten streak to six league matches.
"It was a good result," Cox said.
"I've asked my players for character and we got that in abundance. I don't think it was entertaining, I don't think we played well, but we ground out a very good result away from home. It was a good win for us.
"I felt we deserved it. We had to dig in deep in the end. What I keep saying about this group of players is that they are always going the extra mile.
"I think everyone in the ground can see that we are working hard for each other. We had heart and passion. I'm happy with that."
Asked if the late arrival at the ground was to blame for Mansfield's sluggish opening to the game, Cox replied: "Yes, it did. It was always going to have an impact.
"It frustrated me hugely. I think it could (have been avoided) but I don't want to talk about negatives."
Tempers flared 11 minutes from time when Martin Riley and substitute Richard Cresswell, who replaced West Fletcher four minutes earlier, clashed in the area and were given their marching orders.
Cox and York boss Nigel Worthington both missed the incident and will wait for the referee's report before deciding whether to appeal.
"I didn't see it. I spoke to Riles, he's been to see the referee," Cox said.
"There was an arm in the box that caught Riles and the referee said he got up and retaliated.
"We will look at the video and if there is a chance we can appeal against it, brilliant. If not, we are going to have to get on with it. We will assess it when we have looked at the DVD."
Worthington added: "We will have to see what the referee's report says, that will be interesting."