Mansfield Town have moved to within two points of the Sky Bet League Two play-off zone after a 1-0 win at Coventry City on Saturday.
The Stags started slowly in their first meeting with the West Midlands side in over forty years as the hosts dominated for the opening quarter-of-an-hour but Steve Evans' men got better as the game went on and they were rewarded for their display with a winner in the 84th minute.
Alex MacDonald's spectacular long range effort beat the Coventry keeper and Mansfield picked up their first league win since the end of September but stretched their unbeaten run to four matches as they climb to eleventh in the table.
Afterwards, Evans told Mansfield 103.2: "The biggest compliment we can give ourselves is that I don't think Coventry made a real chance today, unless I look at it back and I see that they did. That tells me it was a good performance."
Despite scoring his first goal of the season and only his second for the club, MacDonald was more keen to talk about an excellent team display against a Coventry side that had the best defensive record in the county, saying: "It was something that we mentioned when we were out on the pitch prior to the game that they had only conceded eight goals in sixteen games.
"That just shows the strength that they've got, they're a fantastic team with great individual players so to come here and put on a performance the way we did and come away with three points is very pleasing and shows you where we've come in the past couple of weeks."
The Stags next have a reserve game against Notts County in the Central League Cup on Tuesday, kick off at Rainworth Miners Welfare FC is at 1pm, with Evans once again set to use the game to give match minutes to those not involved at the weekend.
Meanwhile, Stevenage are the visitors to the One Call Stadium in their next League Two game on Saturday with top scorer Danny Rose sitting out the game with a one match ban having picked up his fifth yellow card of the season at Coventry.
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