Paul Cox stressed there was still a long way to go as Mansfield picked up three vital points with a 1-0 home win over Fleetwood.
It was a superb start to a potential make or break four home games in five spell for the Stags as Matt Rhead's 31st minute header won the day.
He met a Chris Clements corner with a firm header that keeper Chris Maxwell parried with his right hand but couldn't prevent it crossing the line.
Said Cox: "We still need to be a bit more ruthless. But I can't have a go at them. I thought our work rate was impressive and the way we coped with the conditions on a windy, blustery day was excellent.
"We are not shouting from the rooftops as it is only one win and consistency is the key. A nine point gap from bottom is nothing as there are a massive amount of points to play for.
"They are all big games now and it doesn't matter who we play as long as we stick to our principles. When we apply ourselves we are a force for anyone in this league.
"This result means nothing if we don't beat Bury on Tuesday. We must maintain our concentration levels and understand we can't be excellent one game and mediocre the next.
"Everyone looks at the table. It's human nature, But it's all about what we do now.
"I have a good set of boys who are learning what this league is all about."
He added: "Credit where credit is due, the fans were absolutely brilliant and behind us from start to finish. It was reminiscent of last season when they cheered us on the the championship."