Mark Jones believes Boston United are well and truly back in the groove following Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Gloucester City.
After finishing last season unbeaten in their final 12 matches, the Pilgrims had high hopes for this National League North season.
However, they kicked off the campaign with defeats to Stockport County and Solihull Moors.
But after blowing away the cobwebs, United made it three straight wins on Saturday as Dayle Southwell’s goal settled the contest.
“It feels a lot better, we’ve got some momentum going now,” said Jones.
“Now the dust has settled from those first two games we’ve got some wins on the bounce and it’s looking good.
“There’s a great spirit here.
“We’ve still got most of last season’s squad here.
“The new boys, hopefully, they’ll buy into what we’re trying to do here.
“They’re a great bunch of lads and we all get on well off the pitch as well.”
It wasn’t just Saturday’s scoreline that was reminiscent of the last time these opponents met at the tail-end of last season.
The contest was also a tense affair as the Tigers dug in and frustrated the hosts.
Jas Singh, so often the thorn in United’s side during his days with Solihull, again pulled off a superb display of goalkeeping.
The stopper set the tone with a brave 25th-minute block at the feet of the unmarked Jay Rollins.
Further saves were to come as Kyle Dixon, Jones and Rollins were all frustrated by Singh - a fine outstretched leg diverting Jones’ powerful near-post strike being the pick of the bunch.
And when Rollins guided an effort beyond the Tigers keeper’s reach he could only watch his effort rebound off the post.
Dayle Southwell, however, has begun the season in the devastating form with which he ended the previous campaign, and he finally made the breakthrough in the 68th minute.
A combination of quick feet and powerful drive beat Singh from just outside the penalty area.
Boston were the better side, but Gloucester also had their chances.
Billy Jones saw a free kick whizz just wide of Henrich Ravas’ goal.
And when a delivery beat all in the box, the Slovakian - back in goal after Jason Alexander’s dead leg - pulled out an instinctive fingertip save to really earn his clean sheet.
City should have done better with Sam Avery’s free header, but the day belonged to United and Southwell - who has now netted five goals in as many league matches.