Midfielder Harry Pell praised a ‘dogged display’ from Cheltenham as the Robins dug deep to edge out Crewe Alexandra 1-0 in Sky Bet League Two at the LCI Rail Stadium.
Jamie Grimes grabbed his third goal of the season in the second half to put the home side ahead.
And in the final 20 minutes the Robins were forced to protect the lead to move themselves just five points off the play-off places.
"It was important we got the three points today,” said Pell. “It was a dogged performance and we had to dig in at times.
"We're five points off the play-offs now so we have got to keep consistent, keep our heads down and keep plugging away.
"We have been given a target by January and that is our aim. I am sure the manager has got a few things up his sleeve for January.
“We started well without any end product. We dug in at times and I'm buzzing for Jamie Grimes after the Forest Green match.
“He was a little bit deflated after his mistake that day, but he showed great composure to win the game for us.”
It was a special day for the club as the players turned out in blue in a show of support for the British Lung Foundation and first team Fitness Coach Ian Hutton and his fiancée Vicky.
"I think we did Ian and Vicky proud," added Pell. "The build-up in the week to the game was different and we had a few extra cameras around, but when you cross the white line you do your job.
"There was plenty of blue around the stadium too so fair play to everyone.
"This is a family club and that is why people will want to be here. You see familiar faces here and people supporting you week in and week out.
"That is why I like playing my football here and I’m sure the majority of the boys feel the same.”