Florent Cuvelier says The Saddlers showed what they are capable of in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Scunthorpe United.
The Saddlers took the lead in the 13th minute courtesy of Kieron Morris’s deflected strike and battled over the 90 minutes to take a first clean sheet of the season at the Banks’s Stadium.
Cuvelier made his first start since the 3-0 victory at Doncaster Rovers in October and drew plaudits for his typically committed display in the centre of midfield, receiving a standing ovation when replaced by Reece Flanagan in the 74th minute.
"All the lads worked so hard right until the last second," said Cuvelier.
"Right up to the last second the lads were running back and fighting for their lives.
"That is what you have to do to win games (because) it is a difficult league. Every game is a battle. But in the first half in the second half against Scunthorpe I thought we were outstanding.
"Every single player on the pitch including the substitutes worked so hard and it paid off.
"We got a victory at home to a Scunthorpe team who have been flying over the past few weeks.
"It’s a good result for us and gives us a positive feeling going into next week.
"The way we did it really showed what we are about. We work so hard off the ball. We pestered them whenever they were in possession.
"We played as a team, it worked and it was a great victory."
For Cuvelier, arguably the most pleasing aspect of the result was the hard work of manager Jon Whitney, his staff and the squad as a whole coming to fruition in the manner it did on Saturday.
And carrying forward momentum at this stage of the season, with a busy Christmas period coming up, will benefit The Saddlers - who have won their last three home games on the spin.
"The gaffer gave us some clear instructions what he wanted from us going forward against Scunthorpe and that paid off," added Cuvelier.
"Credit to the gaffer, he works really hard behind the scenes and that worked paid off against Scunthorpe.
"We showed what we are capable of. We worked hard for the badge and won the game against a very good team looking for promotion.
"It’s such an important time because the games come thick-and-fast. It’s a good opportunity to climn up the table.
"I think everyone who supports and as is involved in Walsall Football Club will have gone home on Saturday thinking that was a very good afternoon."