Darren Ferguson hailed the team spirit among the Rovers players after putting Southend United to the sword.
Ben Whiteman’s hat-trick saw Ferguson’s come from behind to win 4-1 against the Shrimpers, halting a run of two games without victory.
The manager said: “It just shows the belief we have in each other I think most people would agree we have been unlucky with some of the results this season, but we have stuck together.
“Credit to my players, they had to show real character and belief after going 1-0 down - our reaction was good. At half-time I said this was a chance to show our belief in each other, and they came out so aggressively and with real quality.”
Whiteman caught the eye with his second-half hat-trick, with all three goals coming inside 10 minutes, and Ferguson was impressed with his side’s start to the second period.
He added: “The big difference is we were more clinical in the final third, and blew them away in a 10 minute spell for what ended up as a comfortable victory. It was a good day, but it has been coming.
“Ben Whiteman was outstanding, he has that ability in him. He has played a lot of games and done very well for us - it was a really composed penalty for the third too.”
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