STEVE Thompson described Saturday’s victory at Wolves as a “massive” boost for “a special bunch” of players.
Pool’s first win in nine games has moved them up a place to 14th in the Championship, 10 points from the play-off zone.
Caretaker boss Thompson was full of praise for his side, saying: “We stick together. Whatever gets thrown at us, when we are in that dressing room we are always positive.
“We bring each other round and hopefully this will kick-start us. It was a massive result for us.
“The longer the draws and defeats went on, the more it was starting to get to us – I’m not going to lie about that.
“I told them to go and enjoy the (rest of the) weekend with a bit of pressure off their shoulders, and to be ready for training on Monday.
“There was a feeling of relief in the dressing room on Saturday.
“Everyone has a smile on their face now. The lads were fantastic.”
Thompson revealed the players fulfilled the gameplan, adding: “I knew that if we kept ourselves in the game we could hurt them.
“Although they scored first, I knew that if we kept it at 1-0 we had the players to get us back into the game.
“We were fortunate to equalise in the last minute of the first half. It was the lift we needed just before the break.
“It saved the players from a bit of a roasting and I told them that.
“I wanted more movement off the ball and for the second goal I got that.”
Referee Scott Mathieson was the centre of attention.
He red-carded Wolves captain Roger Johnson over a collision with Angel Martinez and waved away a huge Seasiders penalty claim.