Mansfield assistant manager Adam Murray praised the effort and belief shown by his players with a 2-1 victory at Cheltenham.
Murray now hopes the win will be the catalyst needed for the Stags to ease clear of the drop zone.
"The passion and the energy the lads showed in the last 10 minutes showed what the result meant to them," he said. "We now need to build on that and hope it's the platform to move on.
"When you have not won for so long, the confidence drains out of the team but there was more of a belief shown here.
"It's nice to see the lads back to what we are about - we won a championship playing that way last season. Sometimes we weren't the best team, sometimes we weren't the prettiest team but our effort and endeavour got us the championship.
"Cheltenham are a very good side so we are over the moon to come here and nick a result. We knew that they like to play football and they had a lot of pace up top so we set up to stop them playing and to get in their faces.
"If it meant frustrating them and breaking up the game then that's the way it was going to be."
Anthony Howell put Mansfield ahead with a shot from the edge of the area after 21 minutes before striker Matt Rhead powered home a header from a corner in first-half stoppage time.
"Matt's heart is as big as he is," Murray added. "Sometimes when you are in the trenches you need people like that - people who are going to give you 110 per cent."