Keith Gibson praised his players’ nerve after they held on to record a deservedly impressive 3-2 win over giants Linlithgow Rose on Saturday.
The Broughty Athletic boss was delighted to see his side rally back from losing an early goal to take a 2-1 lead at half-time.
The Fed went further ahead after the break but Rose pulled one back shortly after.
Many teams would crumble at that point but the hosts remained resolute to pick up a highly impressive win - and end their frustrating run of defeats.
Keith said it was the perfect response to their recent weeks.
He said: “It was a massive three points but the performance as well, it was great. Especially in the first half, we were a lot more like ourselves.
“When we went 3-1 up we didn’t panic, we sat a bit deeper which is maybe natural as we’ve been on a bit of a losing run. They got their second goal with 15 minutes to go but we’ve defended really well and held on for the three points.
“There was some nervousness but it was about game management, seeing the game out at 3-1 up which we managed to do. Even the ugly side of winning which is what we maybe did.
“We went 1-0 down inside three minutes and we thought here we go again. But the boys showed great character to get back into it.
“The players showed great play, it was great movement from the two strikers to win the penalty. Dougie’s scored a very good goal for 2-1 before half-time as well and we thoroughly deserved to lead at the break.
“Jamie Winters scored after half-time and then we’ve gone a bit deeper at 3-1. We invited a bit more pressure onto ourselves.
“That’s put us right in the pack again and the league table is really tight. It shows you that on our day we can beat the top teams, but we’ve got to be on our game every week. That result gives the players a bit of belief and confidence that they can go and compete with these teams.
“We’re looking forward to the GA Cup this weekend, especially after last year’s disappointment because it’s our chairman’s cup. We’ll be doing all we can to go and win that for him. We got beat by Blairgowrie last year which was really disappointing so it will be a full strength squad that goes up to Brechin on Saturday.”