Assistant manager Chris Lucketti hailed Fleetwood's ability to dig deep after they triumphed 1-0 at Dagenham.
David Ball grabbed the only goal of the afternoon in the 74th minute, collecting Conor McLaughlin's low pass before turning and firing past Chris Lewington, with the goalkeeper's fingertips not enough to keep it out.
Lucketti said: "It was a performance full of desire and spirit.
"We had to fight tooth and nail second half but over the 90 minutes we were the better side. We just had to keep it going.
"We just needed an end product and we got it."
Dagenham striker Rhys Murphy's effort looked to have crossed the goal-line late on before it was hacked clear by Fleetwood skipper Mark Roberts, with Daggers boss Wayne Burnett bemused at how his side were denied the leveller.
As for the late controversy, Lucketti remained tight-lipped.
He said: "No matter what anyone else says Mark Roberts has done really well to make that clearance.
"It summed up what the lads gave."