Macclesfield boss Gary Simpson revealed a half-time blast helped his side to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Aldershot.
The Silkmen moved into the top half of the table thanks to their fourth successive home League Two victory.
A goal in either half handed Simpson's men a comfortable margin, although it was a game that should have been put to bed by the break.
Simpson said: "We certainly didn't cruise it, we were decent in the second half but I thought in the first half that we were sloppy and that our passing and decision-making were poor.
"I don't often give them a volley at half-time but because we should have put the game to bed I did give them a few harsh words and it worked because in the second half we were much better and the workrate improved.
"The turning point came when we brought on Izak Reid and did a man for man-marking job on Glen Little who's played at the highest level and was beginning to pull their strings."