Gillingham boss Mark Stimson was relieved to see his side edge past Rochdale in the League Two play-off semi-final.
A Simeon Jackson double secured a 2-1 win on the day and on aggregate, as the Gills made the most the most of home advantage in the second leg.
Stimson admitted: "It was very tense. We knew it was going to be tight.
"We scored the first goal and looked okay but they pulled one back. We had to calm down and just do what we preach to them day in, day out, which was to pass the ball.
"We went off that a bit but Rochdale didn't let us do that.
"Full credit they dug in and at the end we got what we deserved following a run from a player who is an unsung hero at the club in John Nutter."