BLUE Toon boss Jim McInally praised his players after a gritty victory against East Stirlingshire on Saturday.
Despite a poor second half performance from Peterhead, the team held on to claim all three points and pull them clear of the relegation zone.
McInally had feared a drop in performance following the high of Sunday’s game against Celtic and admitted that the club had been on a low in the run-up to Saturday’s encounter at Balmoor.
“I was worried about coming down from the high of last week’s Celtic game. There was a definite low about the place from the players to the staff and directors but they started off well on Saturday, “ said McInally.
“They played some decent stuff in the first half and could have had two of three goals and at half time I told them they had to keep at it and keep up the performance.
“But East Stirlingshire gave us a scare for the first 15 minutes of the second half and they gave us a really tough time of it.
“Their performance in the second half was just not good enough and they knew that.
“However, we have now won three out of four games and winning soon becomes a habit and hopefully the lads will get used to it,” he said.
McInally had praise for Roy McBain, Callum Macdonald and Ryan Strachan who all stepped up to the mark.
“Lewis Davidson also came on and was terrific and gave us a lift at just the right time,” said McInally.
“From then on I thought we dominated the rest of the game and we played particularly well.
“The lads have got to believe in themselves if they want to go out and win games.
“In the second half it took us a while to get to grips with the changes the opposition had made but we held out.
“It’s a nice wee run we have now and we are not too far behind the teams above us so it’s important to keep at them,” he said.
“We need to play better than we did in the second half on Saturday although we defended okay.
“However, we need a couple of lads in to give us a left and we’re not finding that easy, but between now and the end of the transfer window we will keep trying to do something.
“We are certainly defending better and working hard as a team and I said after the game that it wasn’t a case of not working hard enough it was just a case of things going wrong for us and us not reacting to those situations.
“I’m sure we can continue to turn things around though and hopefully start to work our way up the table.
“We just need to continue working hard and start to believe in ourselves and I’m sure that the wins will keep on coming,” he added.
Peterhead’s next game is on Saturday away to Clyde and a victory will go some way to achieving that aim.