Hartlepool caretaker-boss Mick Wadsworth "had a feeling" his players were beginning to rediscover both form and confidence ahead of the 2-0 home win over Peterborough.
Peter Hartley and Gary Liddle netted the goals as Pools saw off a visiting side who were down to 10 men for the closing stages following the dismissal of Lee Tomlin for his lunge on Leon McSweeney, while Pools midfielder Andy Monkhouse hit a post after just nine minutes with a clever stooping header.
Wadsworth said: "We had a feeling through the week things were coming together again and the changes we have made in the last week or so has made us strong and tighter.
"But we did have to hang on in the second half against a very good attacking side, they know how to put the ball in, either get the ball in early or work an opening."
Wadsworth also paid tribute to Pools fans for sticking by his players during an indifferent start to the season.
He added: "I'm so grateful how patient the fans have been this season, they have seen what we're trying to do, seen us play, stuck with us and gave us fantastic support when we needed it."