Caretaker player-boss Stuart Campbell was bursting with pride after Bristol Rovers moved out of the League One relegation zone for the first time since December after a 1-0 victory over promotion hopefuls Bournemouth.
A Jeff Hughes penalty, following a 33rd-minute foul by Adam Smith on Gavin Williams, settled the outcome.
A delighted Campbell said: "The effort, determination and desire we need was there in abundance. It was clear for everyone to see how much the game meant to us."
He added: "You couldn't single any player out. All of them put their bodies on the line and it was a fantastic backs-to-the-wall performance.
"We've been in the bottom four for far too long but while we will celebrate, the result will be put behind us [on Wednesday] and everyone will be concentrating on Saturday's game with Exeter City."
Bournemouth boss Lee Bradbury lamented his side`s wayward finishing after they created numerous opportunities but could not find the breakthrough.
He said: "It just wasn't our night. We played like the home side and you could see by Rovers' reaction at the end how relieved they were to have won the game.
"They defended for their lives and nothing quite dropped for us in the box. I was pleased with the performance but we have to do better in front of goal.
"There are no complaints about the penalty. Adam Smith has dived in but he is a young lad and you learn quickly in professional football.
"Stuart Campbell has got Rovers working really hard for each other so it was a tribute to us that we dominated the game for long periods."
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