Neil Aspin said it was all about the result after FC Halifax Town edged closer to a play-off place with a 2-1 win over Macclesfield at the Shay.
First-half goals from Marc Roberts and Chris Smith were enough to earn the Shaymen their 10th win in 12 games, despite Scott Boden scoring for Macclesfield - the first goal Town have conceded in more than 700 minutes of football.
Aspin said he didn’t underestimate the Silkmen, who pushed Town all the way in the second-half.
He said: “The result is obviously more important than the performance at this stage of the season.
“It was a very difficult game for us. I don’t look at Macclesfield’s position and think it’s going to be any different from games we’ve had earlier in the run.
“They’ve got some good footballers, they’re good in possession and they adapted to the pitch being difficult, it was really bobbly, better than us at times.
“But it’s all about getting the result. The team might not play well but if you put the ball in the right area off set-pieces then I’ll always fancy us to score.
“If you do that, you might not be at your best but you get the result and you move on to the next.”
Aspin admitted it was tense viewing as Town were forced to dig-in for the three points, which lifted them back above Grimsby into third place in the table.
He said: “It’s a nervy game, it’s not enjoyable to watch, it’s tense - it’s what trying to get in the play-offs is all about.
“If you expect to watch free-flowing football and to win easily it’s just not going to happen.
“But I must give credit to the players - to wiin nine games and draw one out of ten is just absolutely fantastic.”
Town’s incredible run of not conceding finally came to an end with Boden’s goal just before half-time after 11 hours and 45 minutes without an opposition scoring against them.
Aspin said his defence have played a huge part in Town’s excellent run of form.
He added: “I can’t stand here and moan about the defence when they’ve not let in a goal for so long.
“As it’s turned out we’ve managed to cope with losing a goal but the defence have done fantastically well.
“The whole reason we’re on this run is because we haven’t conceded many goals.