Robins boss Michael Duff praised his team for finding a way to come back and win as his side earned three points over Northampton Town at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.
Ryan Watson's goal from as early as the third minute had been cancelled out in the first half by Ryan Broom's fantastic strike.
And Luke Varney came off the bench in the final few minutes to fire in from close range to seal what was Cheltenham's sixth straight home victory.
Duff praised his team for finding a way to bounce back from going behind against a team who have a reputation for their resolute defensive qualities.
"It was always going to be a close game," he said. "It was a close game down at their place - we have shaded it on possesion, chances, off and on target, but it was a close game, a nervy game.
"Both sets of supporters sat and watched it. There was not a lot of noise made because everyone was on the edge of their seat.
"The stats in this league are massive - when you score the first goal it is difficult to come back and win. So to do that against a team so organised and so diligent in the way that they do defend I was delighted."
See more from Duff's post-match reaction by watching above on iFollow.
Next for his team is a trip to another promotion contender, Colchester United, on Saturday.
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