Paul Buckle praised the attitude and application of his table-topping Torquay side following the 2-1 win at Port Vale.
The Gulls were two goals up inside the opening 28 minutes as Nicky Wroe scored from the penalty spot and Chris Zebroski added a second from close range before Anthony Griffith pulled one back for Vale.
Victory for Torquay made it four wins from four in League Two and Buckle beamed: "I'm absolutely delighted with that. Port Vale are a really good side with a really good manager and it's a fantastic three points. We played very, very well and we had to. We had to match up and be physical with them because we would have got bowled over if we hadn't.
"The plan was to stay solid at the back and pick them off when we got forward. We managed to achieve that because we had the necessary quality at both ends of the field."
Buckle's men conceded their first goal for 998 minutes in the league and he added: "I certainly wouldn't have swapped keeping the record for the three points.
"It was a great strike by their lad and records have to go at some time. I just told the players at half-time to put their drinks down and give themselves a round of applause because it was a great achievement. I then told them to forget about the record and go and win the game, and I thought we thoroughly deserved to do so."