Goalscorer Reggie Lambe praised the Stags for learning their lessons from previous weeks in their 2-1 victory over Carlisle United at Brunton Park today.
The Bermudian struck in the 62nd-minute after Colin Daniel had earlier put Mansfield in the lead, before Tom Miller grabbed a consolation for the hosts in second-half injury-time.
And Lambe lauded his team-mates for showing the grit and determination against the Cumbrian play-off chasers to come away with the win, while he also praised the away side for remaining more stubborn in defence.
“It’s a great effort from us, we pushed hard and we made sure we got the three points today. Coming back into the team and getting a goal after being on international duty; that’s great for me and for the team.
“We stuck to the game plan very well and [I give] praise to everyone on the pitch to keep going for the 90 minutes and even when the subs came on, I think they did brilliantly as well.
“I think us trying to defend properly, staying on our feet and not giving away silly fouls [helped] – keeping the ball and attacking as a team as well; I think we did that very well today.”
Lambe has netted four goals in the 2015-16 campaign, and although he looks favourably on the one he scored at Huish Park against Yeovil earlier on in the season, he’s pleased with his strike against Carlisle.
“I had the best feeling [against Yeovil] – scoring so late and winning the game one-nil, I think that was very important for us. But today, being that it’s right now and in the moment, I’d have to say right now it’s the best goal.”
The 25-year-old was making his first start after returning from international duty for Bermuda and was relieved to get back onto the pitch, whilst he is looking forward to next week’s clash with foes Notts County at One Call Stadium.
“Getting away and clearing my head brought me back with loads of confidence and I’m ready to keep going until the end of the season and hopefully I get a few more starts before then.
“We’re going to go into training this week and we’re going to make sure we get a victory against our local rivals. We build it up very much, we want to be ‘on top of’ Notts County and get a win because they’re so close and they’re our rivals. We’re going to go into the game and know it’s a dogfight.”