Elliott Ward says Notts showed excellent mental strength during the 1-0 win over Macclesfield Town on Saturday.
The match was a scrappy affair with chances few and far between for both sides but Jon Stead’s late penalty proved decisive.
And Ward says the squad came through a test of character in the clash at Moss Rose.
“It was all about mental toughness,” he explained. “Sometimes you don’t have to play well but you do have to concentrate and focus until the last minute.
“We scored a late goal and it was important to get the win because playing the team who are bottom of the league is always hard.
“I don’t want to be part of games like that too often but the important thing is that we came out the other side with three points.”
Notts kept a second clean sheet in four games – after not keeping one since the opening day – and Ward says the entire team should take credit for the defensive improvement.
He said: “It’s not just the back four or the goalkeeper. It has been the whole squad that have become a lot stronger in that department.
“We’re a lot harder to play against and you saw that at Macclesfield because we restricted them to very few chances.
“We have a large, talented squad so it’s about doing your job as a unit and we have seen that in the last five games.”
With next weekend’s clash against Oldham postponed, Notts aren’t back in Sky Bet League Two action until 20 October when they travel to Bury.
And Ward says the players are looking forward to spending more time in training with manager Harry Kewell.
The defender added: “We can step back and assess the last block of games and spend those 10 days working hard because we know there is still more to come.
“The gaffer makes everything simple for us, nothing is too complicated, and we work really hard which is showing because in games we have been stronger for longer and more resilient.
“The only downside is that we had built some momentum but we can take this opportunity to refresh and then we go again.”