Adam Murray says team spirit and sticking together will be the key to Mansfield Town having a successful season.
Stags have won two of their first three League Two fixtures after determined displays capped by fight and a fierce workrate were enough to defeat Oxford United and Newport County.
And Murray, who smacked home the winner against Oxford with just two minutes left, knows Stags will need to show that battling spirit throughout the entire season if their small squad is to upset the odds.
Said Murray: “We know the challenge we are facing and the players are up for it.
“We have got a great group of players who will keep fighting hard and will stick together.
“We have got no new players in and we will do the best with what we have got.
“It is a tough season and we are faced with challenges ahead. There will be highs and lows and it is important that we all stick together that is going to the key to the season.
“Getting three points against Newport was important as we wanted to build on our win against Oxford.
“The lads gave their all to get the three points and we can’t ask for any more from the boys. They are running that extra yard and digging deep.
“Newport was a real test. They have been putting in some good performances and not getting the results, they are in a position that we did not want to be in.
“It was not a pretty game, but we got the points we wanted.”
Mansfield’s smaller squad has already been hit with Luke Jones, Martin Riley and Liam Hearn already having spells on the treatment table.
Ninth-placed Stags will be hoping for more of the same when they travel to face a Dagenham side fresh from having beaten Hartlepool on Tuesday night.
“Dagenham will give us a different test to Newport,” said Murray. “They are playing a bit more football this season than they used to do and they have got some technical players that we need to be aware of.
“We have done our homework and will prepare for the game accordingly.
“It is good that we have a midweek break after Saturday’s game so that we can freshen up the lads and get the ones back who have knocks.”