Aldershot boss Dean Holdsworth insists his team is still developing after winning for the first time in 10 matches at home to Torquay.
Luke Guttridge`s sixth goal of the season early in the second half gave the Shots a 1-0 victory.
"At stages it has to be ugly or percentage play but I was delighted with the reaction at half-time," said Holdsworth. "Defensively, we're putting our foot through the ball. It's still not where I want it to be but we'll get there.
"I've not seen anything so far this year that has really made me think we're that far away, but it's a work in progress. They're improving on their knowledge and their know-how and they are learning quickly.
"It's cost us before in a few games where we probably could have walked away with three points so where they've hurt it's showed that they are learning."
Holdsworth added: "They have earned it. It was a good battle and a good challenge and we've come out on top."