Peterhead manager Jim McInally had nothing but praise for his side after a superb 3-2 victory against Stirling at Forthbank on Saturday.
The Blue Toon took an early lead through Bryan Gilfillan and an own-goal from Phil Johnston, with Cammy Kerr sewing up the points for Peterhead.
But now the hard work begins for McInally’s side as they hope for some festive cheer as they take on the league’s top four teams over the Christmas period.
Stranraer, Morton, Forfar and Dunfermline await Peterhead over the next four weeks, but McInally believes his side are more than up for the challenge ahead.
“I think we were very professional on Saturday,” said McInally.
“We did make it hard for ourselves at times and I was glad that we scored quickly after they got it back to 201.
“We were told that Stirling had played well the week before against Raith, and when I saw them against Brechin earlier this season I didn’t think they should have lost.
“So for us to come away with all three points was very pleasing,” he said.
McInally said it was good to get back on the field after having a break last weekend due to Cup action.
“We have generally been a hard team to beat this season, but we are starting to get our players back in the fold.
“Dean Cowie was back on Saturday and Mark Millar is getting his fitness back so I think we will only get stronger as the season goes on.
“Our aim is to get to the play-offs. That remains our top priority.
“It was a blow to have lost the three points from the Ayr United game, otherwise we would have been in a much better position.
“I felt the decision to replay that game was a bit harsh under the circumstances, but there’s nothing we can do about it now and we just have to get on with it.”
Stirling Albion boss Stuart McLaren said his side had looked quite threatening at times against Peterhead, but admitted it was difficult to get results when they were conceding so many goals.
“We are getting punished for our mistakes at the moment.
“We definitely need to improve on things defensively.” he said.
“We’ve taken a bit of a step backwards after playing well against Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup last week.”