Doncaster boss Darren Moore was delighted to see his team showing both sides of their game as they held on to beat Bolton 2-1 at the Keepmoat.
Goals from Fejiri Okenabirhie and Niall Ennis put Doncaster in command only for an error from goalkeeper Seny Dieng to present Joe Dodoo with an easy opportunity to pull a goal back for Bolton.
Doncaster looked nervy after conceding but rode out the pressure for a win which took them within two points of the top six.
“It was a game of two halves really,” he said. “I thought the first half was excellent with the way we moved the ball around, the pictures, the ideas, the passing, the movement, we caused them real problems.
“We went 1-0 up and if I had a small critique with us, we felt we could have been out of sight at half-time.
“We know the goal they scored was a slight error by us which gave them an opportunity to come back into the game.
“After that, it was about us being defensively strong and you’ve seen from the team as they have kept clean sheets in recent weeks, the concentration, positional sense and work rate had to be spot on.
“I always felt at 2-1, while they may have felt they could get another goal, we would probably break away and get a third one.
“We always looked a threat in the second half and we won the game and looking back at it, over the course of the game, we did enough to get the three points.”
Bolton boss Keith Hill has urged his side to play their remaining games with smiles on their faces after another blow to their faint hopes for survival.
Hill was full of praise for the battling spirit of his players in games despite their difficult situation, sitting 18 points from safety with 16 games remaining.
“This is a giant of a club and you can’t keep giants down,” he said. “We’ve got to play the last 16 games with smiles on our faces and then next season will be a good season and a nice year for everybody.
“I’m taking a lot of encouragement from the performances. Our situation is soul-destroying at times, but the players are putting everything into it.
“It’s difficult to smile without feeling the pain but we pushed Doncaster, who have a deep squad by League One standards, all the way.
“We’re not a free-scoring Peterborough at the moment and we’ve got to cut out the defensive errors, but I won’t keep reminding the players of the mistakes they are making, because I don’t want to make them afraid.”