Todd Lumsden said Saturday’s 1-0 win over East Fife was long overdue for his resilient Arbroath side.
Bobby Linn scored a magic free kick to seal the points as the Lichties picked up their first victory of the campaign.
Lumsden was thrilled to see the players get the result their improved performances have warranted, with special mention for the “tremendous” who donned Spanish garb at Bayview.
He said: “The way the players celebrated the goal said a lot. The goal was excellent, the performance was really good.
“We were trying to get across in the week that they can’t get too uptight or anxious thinking “we have to win, we have to win” and our approach for the East Fife game was to not get beat. I think that let us go into it with a different calmness almost. I told them that if we went in looking to not get beat and we’d come away with the win, which is what we did.
The performance was good, and to be honest I don’t think it was that much better than the ones against Queen’s Park, Berwick or Clyde. We defended situations much better and we got the ball over the line, so it was a credit to the players how they went about their business.
“I don’t think we need galvanised, we’ve been doing well in games. What we told the players though is that they’ve set a standard in performances which they must maintain week to week now. The performances for the last four weeks have been very good, we’ve just not got the results until East Fife. Hopefully we can kickstart a run of results but I’ve told the players not to get ahead of themselves, because it has to be one game at a time.
“It’s about consistency of performances and taking it in to Stirling Albion. It will be a very tough one, they’re very much the same as us because they’re underperforming. They’ve picked up a couple of results though so it will be a hard game. We need to take the mental strength we’ve been showing into this game and see what happens.
“Special mention has to go to the fans, they turned up in sombreros and ponchos and things in celebration of Sergio Alvarez and he was really humbled. The fans have been different class. We were at the 36-0 dinner on Friday night and the support from the fans was tremendous. They’ve been right behind us and were different class again at East Fife.”
Arbroath host Forfar Athletic in the Forfarshire Cup final on Tuesday at 7.45pm with tickets costing £6 for adults and £3 for concessions.