Shot-stopper Tommy Lee spoke of the lift his side received in Danny Wilson's first match in charge, the 1-1 Monday draw with Coventry City.
Lee Novak gave Chesterfield the lead at the Proact with a smartly-flicked header from a Jay O’Shea free kick in the first half. However, James Maddison levelled things with a minute to go, scoring a free kick from outside the area.
Lee believes the Spireites were unlucky not to get the win, but said there are plenty of positives they can take from the game.
“The performance was a lot closer to where it should be," he said. "We are disappointed to not get the win, but you could see the effort was there and the direction was there; it’s a foundation for us to push on.
“We had the best chances: Sylvan (Ebanks-Blake) hit the bar and there was a cutback that Mani (Dieseruvwe) could maybe have got on the end of, and then we had one cleared off the line. There were massive positives from today.”
The 29-year-old admitted the last couple of months have been disappointing but that now is the time to put things right.
“When a new manager comes in the players want to try and impress, but if we are being truthful about what has gone on in the last few months we have let two managers down.
"We have got to do all we can to not let Danny down. He has been at the club before and you can see the passion from the way he spoke to us before the game and the instructions he gave us - and we went on the pitch and tried to show that.
“We have only been with him for a few days so it’s difficult to make comparisons at the minute but he knows what the club is about and knows how to put the smiles onto those fans’ faces, and I’m sure we’ll be able to do that more in the next coming weeks.
“Credit to the lads because they put a shift in today, Coventry are a very good team and they will be right up there towards the end of the season and that is where we need to be.
“We have let ourselves down recently, we have been really poor and it has been disappointing, but now we have got an injection of life from the new manager coming in and we owe it to Danny, to ourselves and to the fans to put things right.”