Manager Shaun Derry was proud of his side’s spirited fight back in Notts County’s 4-2 triumph over Port Vale.
Notts fans had feared the worst when their side went two down in the opening 25 minutes.
A Jimmy Spencer double pulled the Magpies level at the break before a Jamal Campbell-Ryce brace secured an important three points in the second half.
There were testing times for County in holding on for the win, but bodies were thrown on the line and Bartosz Bialkowski played his part with a string of vital stops.
“We’ve been labeled a few things this year but not often has the word ‘character’ been labeled here at Notts County,” said Derry.
“We showed that in an absolute abundance on Saturday and we were fantastic for the best part of 75 per cent of the game.
“We dug in when it hurt, was ruthless when we had the chance to score the goals and I thought we deserved to win the game.”
He added: “We had to stand up and be a man – each to every one of them.
“Every single one of them in that time where we had to defend for our lives did it to a tee.”
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