Caretaker manager Chris Evans admitted he was proud of the way the Bolton Wanderers players coped after rounding off a turbulent week with a 4-0 FA Cup win over Lincoln City.
The Trotters players shrugged off the sacking of manager Gary Megson earlier in the week to book their place in the fourth round with a straightforward win over the League Two club.
Moses Swaibu's 49th-minute own goal and Chung-Yong Lee's clinical finish less than 60 seconds later put Wanderers on course to victory against a team 72 positions below them in the Football League ladder.
Gary Cahill and substitute Mark Davies added two late goals to help Bolton reach the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in three years.
"It is very difficult when the attention of the football world and the media are on you," said Evans.
"Steve Wigley, Alan Cork and the staff worked very hard, especially in regard to the mindset of the players.
"We did a professional job and are pleased to be in the hat.
"I believe there is now a real chance of ongoing success. The manager who comes in will have reason to feel positive about the future as we have solid foundations.
"We will come in on Monday, ready to work hard. It is about hard work, it is about focus. It is incumbent on us to do the best we can."