Reds Manager Danny Wilson spoke to the press after today's 2-1 victory at Crewe's Gresty Road.
"The start of the game, I thought we started brightly," said Wilson. "I was quite taken aback with their goal - not with the quality of the strike but how it came out of the blue.
"I thought we were pushing ourselves. We were quite comfortable in the game against a strong wind and coping well.
"We didn't have that final pass but we looked a threat.
"You've got to tip your hat to our lads - we came out in the second half and were really determined to get back in the game like we did.
"I thought as a back four we were fantastic today. We looked solid and were strong. We kept them very quiet today."
Leroy Lita and Martin Cranie got the goals to overturn Billy Waters' first-half strike and could have added more goals in the final 15 minutes.
"The sharpness that strikers need in and a round the box will come," added Wilson.
"If Sam (Winnall) gets a goal I'm sure they can turn it into double figures very quickly.
"They're not firing on all cylinders yet. I think we've got a long way to go before we get anywhere near that. And one or two of the lads have only just stepped up to this level."
Speaking of the three Academy graduates who came on as substitutes - Paul Digby, James Bree and a debut for Rhys Oates - Wilson added, "It's old heads on young shoulders - that's what we want.
"You've got to grow up quickly with this level. You've got to make sure you come to the party, because if you don't, you'll be bypassed and you won't know what's hit you, but they didn't. They saw the game out brilliantly at the end."