Scott Brown has hailed Peterhead’s grit to get over the line in tight games.
The Blue Toon are just one win away from lifting the League Two title after Saturday’s 2-1 success against Elgin City.
It was the 11th time in the league this season the Buchan outfit have won by a single goal.
It wasn’t easy at Borough Briggs with keeper Greg Fleming saving a Ross MacIver penalty in the first half and Jim McInally’s men having to see off a late spell of Elgin pressure.
But Brown, pictured, is pleased with the way Peterhead have managed to get over the line in tight games this term.
The midfielder, 24, said: “We almost seem to be becoming masters of winning tight games.
“Last year we won games five, six and seven and it wasn’t enough to win the league.
“This year we have maybe been a bit more efficient and more effective in certain games.
“We’ve conceded less chances and I think less goals. So credit to the defenders for that and our goalie made an excellent penalty save on Saturday so Greg deserves a mention for that.”
After missing out on the title by a point last term and then losing in the play-offs, Brown believes the Blue Toon have learned lessons from their heartache 12 months ago.
He added: “We’ve learned about being more ruthless this year, last season at times our performance dipped and we were really poor at home at times.
“This year we’ve improved on that and learned a bit of a lesson from last year. I don’t want to curse us, but we only need one win and we are over the line.
“But we won’t get ahead of ourselves and hopefully we can do the business against Stirling Albion on Saturday.
“Sometimes the boys call me the voice of doom, but it’s worth remembering we have two chances.
“We have the last game against Queen’s Park, although we don’t want it to come to that, we want to get the job done on Saturday.”
Brown was also pleased to hold on against Elgin after Peterhead conceded an injury time leveller to Albion Rovers the week before.
He said: “It was nervy at the end against Elgin but after what had happened the week before against Albion Rovers you could understand it.
“I thought we deserved to win and controlled the game for a lot of it and could have scored three or four. The amount of chances we created on Saturday was probably the best we’d played for a wee while.
“We have had good spells in games but I felt in terms of consistency it was the best we had played for a wee while.
“We had to hang on at the end and after Albion Rovers the boys were a bit down.
“We had played worse and won 1-0 so that was disappointing and the boys were determined on Saturday.
“I think it showed because we scored within two minutes which was good and we were pleased to put that right.”