JUBILANT manager Peter Jackson is aiming to pick up the play-off pace and today described his battling Town squad as "awesome."
Jackson hopes the stunning 3-1 McAlpine win against leaders Hull can inspire a fresh surge into the top-seven placings, especially as it came with nine senior players either suspended or injured.
Delighted with the performance, which thrilled a season-high crowd of 13,893 and pushed Town up to eighth in the Division III table, the manager admits it's going to be difficult to leave anyone out when second-placed Mansfield are the target at Field Mill on Saturday.
While Efe Sodje and Lee Fowler will be available after suspension, Jackson will have to wait for tests on skipper Andy Booth (hamstring) before knowing the strength of his squad as Town bid to improve an away record of six straight defeats.
"I'm delighted for the players and for the fans about Saturday because we've been through some tough times of late and we responded in exactly the right way," said Jackson today.
"It was a fantastic performance because Hull are the so-called best team in the league and we hammered them.
"I've watched the whole game again and the lads were just awesome. The workrate and commitment was outstanding and the spirit was brilliant.
"We really do have great spirit at this club, the lads were a credit to the blue and white stripes on Saturday and I think we've proved that if we can just improve our away form then we are going to be in the shake-up come the end of the season."
Four changes involved Nat Brown at right wing-back, Tony Carss in midfield, Ian Hughes in central defence and Phil Senior making his first start of the season in goal. He was beaten by Jamie Forrester only after Jon Stead, Andy Booth and Danny Schofield had put Town in full control for a seventh successive home win.
"I couldn't have asked more of the lads and we just didn't let Hull play," added Jackson.
"We harassed them and put them under pressure and that's what brought about the mistakes which led to our goals.
"Defensively I never felt threatened - Phil had only one save to make - and that's because the lads in front of him were putting their bodies on the line for the cause.
"I know one or two people were starting to question us after the poor run that we've had, but I never doubted myself and I've never doubted my players. I've got complete faith in them.
"They've got a fantastic work ethic and attitude and that shone through against a Hull side who have got experience and quality.
"That's why we beat them fair and square and we'll be looking to take that into the Mansfield match with a very positive build-up this week. Our home form is great, now we want it away from home."