Brett Johnson believes Brentford's response to a bit of adversity on Saturday will have done them the power of good.
There was plenty of good football on display from the Bees during the first half against leaders Dagenham & Redbridge.
But it was the gritty side of their nature which was called upon towards the end of the game after the Daggers had pulled a goal back and the Bees had been reduced to 10 men following a red card for Kevin O'Connor.
Home fans seemed to sense the extra effort their players were putting on and raised the decibel levels to help their team limp over the finishing line - and it is moments of togetherness like that that will stand the team in good stead, according to Johnson.
"We had to call on all our resources to get through that one," the 23-year-old left back told the Gazette.
"It started from the front because Nathan [Elder] worked so hard when Kevin went off.
"He chased everything down and that left a bit more energy for the back four and midfield four and we all squeezed up and tried our hardest and it's a great feeling when you get through it.
"When you go down to 10 men, you see who can stand up for it. You can see who the real men are.
"To have the result at the end of it with 10 men and to see how much it meant to the players and fans can only be a confidence booster for the next game."
Johnson had another solid game for a defence which has conceded only two goals in the opening four league games.
He had been expected to play at centre half but James Wilson - who has been a revelation alongside Alan Bennett - was unexpectedly available after not making the Wales U21 squad.
With Ryan Dickson regaining his fitness, Johnson will have to be on his mettle to retain his place, but boss Andy Scott will be in no hurry to replace him if he helps the back four retain its look of solidity and harmony.
"You have to enjoy the pressure," said Johnson, who is from Ashford and who supported the Bees as a youngster.
"I've been playing for a few years and at Northampton, it was the same situation with competition for places.
"It's only healthy. The other boys coming in and nipping at your heels gives you a battle to keep your form but that has to be a good thing.
"Thankfully it's gone well for me so far. The boss has shown some faith in me and hopefully I've done enough to impress him.
"We've been keeping the same side. There have not been too many injuries so far, touch wood, and I think the manager wants to keep the same team together if he can because the level of understanding stays high.
Johnson continued: "As a back four, we are all getting used to each other.
"We've played five or six games together now and are feeling a lot more comfortable about our capabilities.
"We also know how to compensate for each other when we are out of position.
"We are looking to improve every game because we know if we have a solid back four, everything leads from there.
"We feel we're building all the time and each game is a step up and we are trying to get the ball down on the floor and play as much as we can."
Johnson added: "We're definitely improving and our trip to Wycombe this week should be another great chance for us to test how much we are getting better.
"I'm really looking forward to that one. It will really show us where we are and how far we've come in the last seven games.
"And we may have had problems going to Wycombe in the past but because we have a lot of new faces, the past doesn't count for much and we hold no fear of them.
"They are just another team like Dagenham, who were also top of the league, but who we did not look as a problem.
"We played our own game and got stuck in and I think this week we will be fine again."
Both strikers impressed on Saturday. Elder nodded in a cross from Adam Newton from close range after the skipper's corner had come back to him.
Charlie MacDonald coolly slipped the ball past Tony Roberts after getting on the end of a beautifully weighted pass from Glenn Poole for his third of the season.
But Elder just took the honours for the sheer hard work he put in as lone striker tracking back on the later stage, having also made a nuisance of himself in attack.
It was a performance that will have warmed Scott's heart in the wake of Alan Connell's defection for not earning the starting place he thought should be his. Match Summary
BRENTFORD(2) 2 DAGENHAM(0)1 Line-up: Hamer; Newton, Bennett, Wilson, Johnson; Williams, Bean, Pead (O'Connor 63), Poole; Elder, MacDonald (Artus 78). Subs not used: Brown, Phillips, Ademola. Att: 4,519 GOALS: Elder (23), MacDonald (34), Saunders (50).
MoM: Nathan Elder.