After picking up just one win from nine matches prior to October, Cooper steered Pools to four straight victories during the month.
Academy graduate James was a key player for his side, scoring important goals against Exeter, Plymouth and Wimbledon.
Cooper told Sky Sports News: "We've continued to try to do things on the training ground and October has been a very good month for us.
"We weren't disappointed with the start (to the season) performance-wise, but it's nice to get results based on what you believe in."
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