Graham Alexander promised to get on top of Fleetwood’s defensive howlers as Town twice threw away the lead in a nine-goal thriller.
“It’s all about winning matches and that’s what we’ve done,” he said. “But we have to be honest with ourselves and being honest defensively as a team we weren’t good enough and we’ve nearly thrown away a game when we shouldn’t have.
“The lads have got themselves off the hook. It’s down to the lads that we were not going to win the game and it’s down to them that we did.
“It’s shows their attitude, twice throwing the game away, once in the first half, once in the second half but they never stopped and they always believed they could win the game.”
Alexander admitted had Town not got their late winner, it would have been a very hollow point. “If we had have drawn that game it would have felt like we lost,” he said. “We lost it twice.
“We were fortunate to take the lead in the first minute, it was a poor goal for them to concede. But we’ve gifted them two goals, then got ourselves back in it.
“We’ve started again after half time, played great, got to a 4-2 lead, needed to play the game out but let them back in again. Credit to Mansfield, they never gave up.
“It was two teams going full at it attacking wise but both managers will say, defensively, they can do better.”
And now he’s intent on ironing out the problems highlighted in Saturday’s thriller
Alexander said: “The goals were through our own failings but it was our own mentality and quality which won us the game. We’ll learn the lessons from that game.”