Darren Ferguson hopes Tuesday’s night’s win over Cambridge United can kick-start Rovers’ season.
A gritty – yet dominant performance – was underlined by John Marquis, who, despite missing a first half penalty, thundered home a header in the second half to secure a 1-0 win.
Although performances have largely been good, this was the first win of the campaign, and Ferguson reckons it can be a turning point.
“I think for everyone I suppose to get that first win was thoroughly deserved,” he said.
“There was a little bit of nerves at the end – could have done with more composure – but we can’t have too many complaints.
“The performance had good bits to it, good balance but there’s loads of room for improvement.
“What we said we needed at half time was more quality and the quality of the goal was outstanding; a great cross and great goal – worthy of winning any game – and high quality throughout.”
Ferguson said that Marquis’ saved penalty “didn’t knock us at all” and Rovers can use the three points as a springboard.
“When you’ve got a fair amount of domination you have to have the belief and keep plugging away,” he said.
“Keep the concentration and remain solid, we should have won by more than one but I’ll take it.
“As a team we were (a handful) and that gives us the best chance of winning. In terms of how we went about the game, that’s how I expect us to go about every game.”