Stirling Albion manager Stuart McLaren heaped praise on his players after they hit back to beat Elgin City 3-1 at Forthbank on Saturday.
On a dreadful afternoon of wind and rain, Mark Lamont, Steven Doris and Darren Smith all scored in the second half after Craig Gunn’s penalty had given the visitors a first-half lead.
McLaren, whose side have suffered just one defeat in the last 10 league and cup matches, said: “The pitch was phenomenal given all the rain so the groundsman deserves a huge amount of credit again but you have to acknowledge that the windy conditions made it a game of two halves.
“I felt we did OK in the first half, other than the penalty, but the lads knew what they had to do in the second half and they earned the win with their endeavour.
“Mark Lamont was terrific – he provides great crosses and I was delighted for him to get his first goal – but it was an all-round team performance.
“It wasn’t vital that we won the match but it really closes the gap on the teams above us and we have two more home games this year against East Fife and Annan after we go to Montrose on Saturday.”
Elgin City manager Jim Weir, who took over a year ago with the team bottom of the table, said: “I don’t think we were brave enough at the back in the second half – we sat too deep and allowed them to push us back.
“Credit to Stirling, they worked hard to get the match on – for the second-half performance they deserved their victory.”