STAGS assistant manager Micky Moore has warned his side that they must defend better when they face league leaders Fleetwood on Saturday.
The normally rock-solid Mansfield defence was given a torrid time during a frenetic first 45 minutes of the 6-3 derby win at Alfreton as The Reds sprung into a 2-1 lead.
But Mansfield again displayed superb fighting spirit and goals from Riley, Green and Howell overturned the deficit to leave Stags 4-2 up.
Brown gave plucky Alfreton a lifeline in first-half injury time, before Stags came out strongly in the second-half to defend with authority and take the sting out of the game.
But Stags know they face their toughest test of the season when they travel to free-scoring league leaders Fleetwood.
“We have got to defend better than we did in the first half, it was very uncharacteristic of us,” said Moore.
“From half-time we set out to keep a clean sheet in the second-half and we worked hard as a team to achieve that.
“The pace was frantic in the first 45 minutes and it could not stay like that as the game went on.
“The fifth goal from Exodus sealed the game for us and got us a massive three points, especially with Luton losing. Exodus was a mountain for us again and marshalled the defence superbly in the second half.
“Alfreton are a good team and they threw everything at us. This is a hard place to come and there is no question that they will not be relegated.
“We had to be at our very best to win this game. The lads do not know when they are beaten right now. When we fall behind, we know if we stick to our game plan we can still come back and win the game, we have tremendous unity.
“Confidence is high in the camp. All we are focusing on is getting the results. This is a great three points and we will go into the Fleetwood game full of belief.
“We will treat Fleetwood like any other game. We will go there with no fear and looking to get another three points.”
The impressive win, Stags seventh success in eight, gives Paul Cox’s men a seven-point cushion inside the play-off zone from chasing York City, though The Minstermen have three games in hand.
Fleetwood have lost just once in 19 homes games, with Newport County emerging 4-1 winners way back in October.