DELIGHTED manager Peter Jackson revelled in last night's win and told his battling players: "Now let's beat Sheffield Wednesday!"
Town not only avoided an eighth successive away defeat - it would have been their worst run in 42 years - but they dented Hartlepool's promotion hopes with a fine 1-0 win secured with only 10 men for the final 23 minutes because of Nathan Clarke's red card.
"We know we can improve in certain areas, but for determination, guts and effort I can't ask any more of the lads," said Jackson, who watched Andy Booth lift Town to 13th in League I.
"Psychologically, it was important that we didn't get beaten and all the players gave everything for me and the club.
"I'm thrilled for every one of them, because no-one expected us to win, and some big-club scouts have had another look at just how good our developing young players are.
"I thought Tom Clarke, for 17, was outstanding and everyone can see why he's going to be a special player, but I wouldn't pick out an individual. They were all superb."
Looking to Tuesday's match (7.45), Jackson added: "It's a massive game for us and for them and if we reproduce this sort of form then we'll win.
"There will be a big crowd, a fantastic atmosphere and I just want our spirit and character to shine through again for the three points."