Spireites manager Paul Cook praised his injury-hit squad following the 2-1 victory at Port Vale, hailing them as "magnificent".
Goals from Eoin Doyle and Gary Roberts - the second just moments into the second half- sandwiched a Mark Marshall strike as the Spireites took all three points back to Derbyshire from Vale Park.
Cook said: “The players that have come in today have been absolutely magnificent. I’m really pleased with the players, I do not try and make excuses before the game but our squad has been stretched to the limit now. I thought our game management was terrific."
Although Cook was delighted with all of his squad, the manager reserved specific praise for selective players, including young debutant Charlie Raglan, who came off the bench in the first half to replace the injured Sam Hird.
The manager said: “Daniel Johnson, Charlie Raglan and Armand Gnanduillet - all the players that came in were brilliant. I will give a special mention for Charlie Raglan because I thought he was superb. Daniel Johnson has come in and done well too. Sometimes it is not about formations and tactics, but about hunger and desire, and the team kept on going and going.”
Despite the excellent result, Cook later turned his attention to appreciating what the fans do for the squad.
He said: “We had great support today, and the supporters are believing in us at the minute. I think they can see what we are trying to do, and they see that with the MK Dons result, we did not do everything right, but we are an honest team who do our best for them, so tonight they can all go back to Chesterfield happy."