I WOULD suggest the following philosophy for anyone still trying to digest this woeful Town display.
Never mind the quality, count the points.
A second successive holiday win came thanks to a Danny Swailes own goal on the half hour and most of the rest was eminently forgettable.
Frustrated fans can console themselves, however, in the knowledge that Peter Jackson's depleted team have now battled back to within a point of the play-off placings after slipping to 11th on the back of just two wins in 12 outings.
They have responded to the mauling at Macclesfield with seven points out of nine, an unbeaten run of three games and consecutive clean sheets for only the second time this season.
It was a credit to Town's dogged determination, too, that they managed to defeat Bury despite producing their worst passing of the entire campaign and rode their luck on several significant occasions.
Reverting to a flat back four for the first time since September due to injuries and the suspension of Nathan Clarke - Jackson was without eight senior professionals - Town often looked shaky against the pace of Gareth Seddon and can be thankful that Bury's finishing was abysmal.
Phil Senior, in fact, had only two shots on target to deal with and, when he made his best stop - from illness-hit Chris Porter in the second half - the offside flag was already being waved by stand-in assistant Mark Haywood.
Town didn't help themselves by losing too many headers - Andy Booth at defensive set pieces being the major exception - and by reacting more slowly than Bury to countless loose balls, but their biggest problem was retaining possession.
Time and time again they needlessly gave the ball away and it all added to the tension and frustration when fans desperately needed a pick-me-up, not another hangover.
Best performers on the day were some of the younger end; two of them making long-awaited returns to the starting line-up in Andy Holdsworth and Jonathan Worthington.
It was Holdsworth's enterprise and heart which forced the corner from which the winner was scored while Worthington, who went under the surgeon's knife for a hernia operation not three weeks ago, ran himself to a standstill.
So, too, did Anthony Lloyd, playing wide on the left of midfield and impressing not only with his bubbling enthusiasm, but with his ability to arrive late in the box.
Twice he went close - with a first-half sliding shot and then, in the second period, with a back-post header - and he showed he is growing into a very useful asset to the team.
Pick of the bunch, however, and especially in the first half, was Nat Brown.
Most people fancy the 22-year-old best as a centre-back while Jackson looks upon him as a striker.
Yesterday, the man whose recent exploits have been at wing-back, showed he can switch to a wide-right midfield role to decent effect and he was unlucky on a couple of occasions not to etch his name on the scoresheet with diving headers.
His understanding with Holdsworth before the break looked Town's best option for attack, especially as Lee Fowler struggled for form alongside Worthington in the centre.
Too often, the experience of Lee Duxbury and willingness of Terry Dunfield threatened to do the trick for Graham Barrow's side and Town were looking a mess when, on 12 minutes, Seddon romped into the box to shoot clean across the face of goal.
Town's unsteadiness was underlined on 26 minutes when, at an attacking free-kick, a breakdown in communication led to a hurried shot by Jon Stead into the arms of Glyn Garner in goal.
By then, Fowler and Brown had tried their luck and a series of crosses had been wasted, but relief was quickly at hand.
Either Worthington or Steve Yates - who was as solid as anyone at the back - might have scored from Edwards' excellent corner, but it was defender Swailes who panicked and provided a powerful finish.
There were precious few scraps for Booth and Jon Stead to feed on up front and that trend continued into the second half as Town's passing got worse in the gathering wind and growing gloom.
There were fleeting moments of enterprise, but Bury looked more confident on the ball and there were ironic cheers from the Town fans when, on 84 minutes, the team strung four passes together!
Before that, nerves had been stretching by the minute as Town hoofed the ball instead of passing it, and those nerves reached breaking point with just three minutes to go when Dunfield got wrong side of Senior's defence.
A flicked shot as the ball dropped over Dunfield's shoulder took Senior out of the game, but Sodje held his nerve to clear for a corner as the ball bounced dangerously close to goal.
Bury's ineptitude up front was then highlighted by an attempted shot from Glenn Whelan which was so badly miscued it went out for a throw in.
Town's shortcomings served to illustrate how much they miss the quality of people like Clarke and Tony Carss when they aren't there, but one thing they can't be accused of is shirking the challenge.
This was a poor Town display, but they never stopped working and, in the end, earned exactly the required reward.
Subs used: Town: None. Bury: Nugent for Porter 74.
Subs not used: Town: Giles, Holland, Thorrington, Mattis, Onibuje.
Scorer: Town: Swailes (own goal) 30.
Referee: Phil Joslin (Newark).
Bookings: Town: Brown, Sodje. Bury: Connell, Duxbury, Seddon.
Shots on target: Town 2, Bury 2.
Corners: Town 5, Bury 4.
Caught offside: Town 0, Bury 5.
Free-kicks awarded: Town 18, Bury 13.
Attendance: 10,217 (Away: 528).