Chesterfield manager Danny Wilson has praised his side’s recent character and togetherness in staying strong, even when results have not been in their favour.
The Spireites had gone eight league games without a win before beating MK Dons on Tuesday but says his side had not been letting the results get them down.
He feels the side have the foundation to begin their rise up the table.
He said: “From where we found ourselves prior to the game, I think everyone thought we’d be out on a limb and because of that the confidence would have been shattered, but it’s been quite the opposite.
“Thankfully the players have said the same thing and if you’ve got that togetherness and belief, it’s a good start to have and you start from a good base.
“Overall, we’ve had games where I think we didn’t deserve to lose but we have, but looking on the bright side, let’s hope that’s a turning point.
“We take nothing for granted, we know that Bristol Rovers have had a really good start to the season and the midweek blip they’ll look to put to one side and we’ll expect a very tough encounter.”
For Wilson, it was only a question of when, not if, the victory would come for the Spireites. He feels the side have been putting in the right performances and continued to believe in themselves, but have come out on the wrong side of the results.
The manager hopes they can keep their ruthless edge this weekend and secure consecutive league victories for the first time in League One since August.
“It was never a surprise we got that result, it was only a matter of time,” he said of the Stadium MK win. “The belief has always been there and I think we’ve been very unfortunate and unlucky at times but the belief was always there and no better place to go and get the result than MK Dons.
“I’ve said many times, this league is very tight and any team in the league can beat each other. You take teams for granted at your peril and maybe that’s what happened with MK Dons.
“We had to defend and be resilient but I don’t know any teams you go and visit away from home where you don’t have to be like that. What we did have was a cutting edge and came away with three points and deservedly in my eyes.
“It’s a great feeling and I think it’s given everyone a big lift, not just the three points but the way we secured the three points.
“We showed a lot of characteristics of the team and we’re going to need them in the coming games. But to go to MK Dons, particularly on their own turf, they’re a good side even though they haven’t won at home.”
Chesterfield are second from bottom in the table, four points from safety, but Wilson feels that the Spireites can gain momentum from Tuesday’s victory and begin to climb the table.
He also hopes his side can use the motivation from trying to escape the relegation zone, and the return of key players, to push into the third round of the FA Cup.
“Psychologically it would be very nice and I think we’ve got the belief to do that and we have the talent to do it. As I said prior to the game in midweek with one or two players coming back it gives everybody a lift.
“Gardner and Nolan coming back gave everyone a lift and in the next few weeks hopefully that will be the same again with one or two coming back.
“I presume as we all do we want to go as far as we can with that, it’s an exciting competition and from that point of view, if we are then we’ve won a few games and that’s got to be our goal,” he added.