Gary Johnson praised his Robins for producing a ‘fantastic performance’ in horrid weather conditions as they defeated Lincoln City 1-0 at the LCI Rail Stadium.
In high winds and lashing rain, Cheltenham went ahead through Danny Wright’s controlled first half strike.
And a battling second half show – with Scott Flinders producing a stunning second half save to deny Jordan Maguire-Drew – saw them battle to three well-earned points.
“I thought it was a fantastic performance by all the players,” said Johnson.
“We’ve worked very hard over the last few days to get a pattern and shape against a team that are very strong and uncompromising. We went toe-to-toe with them and came out on top.
"The supporters played their part too; they knew how important the game was and were brilliant.
“I was proud to be part of a good match and to come out winners,” he added. “The lads were disappointed the other night. But we’ve worked hard to get it right.”
Johnson praised all his players as from front to back they worked hard to deny Lincoln any clear chances – particularly in the second half with the Imps had the strong wind behind them.
“We knew we had to win our battles,” he added. “We played our two big strikers up top, which nobody would have expected, but they have got to do a job and they did.
“They both made sure that their centre halves had a big game.
“We competed in midfield and, after the back four took some stick these last few weeks, we defended strong. I’m pleased with it all.
“There were strikes that really moved in the strong wind and Scotty Finders made two great saves with the wind against him.
“We did well to get him here and he has been a great signing for us.”