Conor McGrandles insists MK Dons won’t get carried away with Tuesday’s win but will use the positivity in a bid to build momentum.
The Dons got back on track after successive defeats, beating Newport County 1-0 in a hard-fought contest at Rodney Parade.
It was a result that lifted McGrandles & Co back to fourth in the Sky Bet League Two table but the midfielder knows there is still a long way to go before the team can be satisfied.
“It's a good win but it's only one win,” he said after the match. “We're just three points closer to where we want to be.
“We think on our day we're up there with the best, but we need to perform to these levels a bit more and climb the table.”
McGrandles continued: “We've been on a bad run so it will help with the confidence a lot. It’s a different kind of win, it shows we can do the ugly side.
“We showed a different side to us. We had to dig in a lot because there were a lot of crosses and corners - we had to stand up to it.
“Sometimes we had to ride our luck, but one the whole we defended really well. We won our headers, defended the second balls and big Stu [Stuart Moore] pulled us out a few times! I think it was well deserved, the luck we got.
“We had a lot of good chances too, it wasn't one way. We knew if we could stay in the game and keep a clean sheet, we knew with the quality we’ve got that we could score.”
McGrandles was one of five new additions to the starting XI on Tuesday and the Scot was asked about Paul Tisdale’s decision to make such wholesale changes, and the impact of those who came in.
“Everyone did well, but especially the boys that came in who haven't played for a while. It shows everyone is ready to step in when they're called on and it’s a credit to the players and staff for keeping us all prepared.
“We knew what kind of game it was and the manager made the changes the game needed. Callum Brittain coming in was brilliant, big Stu on his first league game too – it shows everyone is prepared to come in when called upon.”
Conor McGrandles and MK Dons will be looking to make it back-to-back victories on Saturday when they take on Carlisle United at Brunton Park.
The Cumbrians have slashed the prices for the fixture, with tickets priced at just £10 adults, £5 seniors/young persons and £2 under-18s, while under-7s go FREE.
Official Away Travel is running for this fixture, with coach spaces priced at £35 Season Ticket holders/members and £36 all other supporters. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 8am.
To book tickets/travel click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets and travel will be available to book from MK Dons until 5pm on Friday.