Dean Holdsworth insists it is onwards and upwards for his Aldershot side after an Anthony Straker double sealed a 2-1 win, their first of 2012, against AFC Wimbledon.
Aldershot had not tasted victory since December 10 having not scored in over 550 minutes of football, but a goal in either half from Straker - playing at left back - proved enough for all three points. Sammy Moore's deflected free-kick had levelled matters before half-time, but it was the Shots who edged ahead in the second half to seal a much-needed win.
"We have suffered lately and I think I have learnt so much as a manager over the last four or five weeks about desire and commitment from players," said former Wimbledon striker Holdsworth.
"It's great when you are having a good time, everyone wants to give you a pat on the back and come to the game but the last month has been tough for everybody.
"I have learnt the confidence to carry on doing the right things and believing that what we are doing is the best way to go.
"What we have gone through makes the result even more special, we win and lose together and it is an invaluable experience to go through the tough times. To score the goals is a monkey off our backs. I think we got the rub of the green and deserved the win by a country mile."
Dons boss Terry Brown was frustrated but gracious after his side's defeat.
"I think we looked a bit leggy and the young lads who have been vibrant and busy perhaps played a game too many," said Brown. "Aldershot came and did a great number on us, by flooding the midfield but they didn't park the bus by any means and deserved to win.
"It was a frustrating, ugly game but they were the better side and deserved to win. We were playing the ball along the floor too much in the first 10 minutes and that allowed them to nick possession and to concede another early goal was depressing.
"I would have liked a point from this game but we have picked up nine from the last four games so there is not too much to complain about."