AFC Wimbledon's boss praised the loyal 191 fans that made the trek to Bury on a filthy night that at one stage put the game in doubt.
Neal Ardley reckoned Dons would be lucky to get 50 for the arduous trip. He and the team got three times the number.
Waterfalls poured off the Gigg Lane stands, but that failed to deter the loyal band who sang their way from start to finish and were rewarded with a 2-1 win.
Dons had to come from behind after the Shakers had opened the scoring with a contentious penalty.
But Lyle Taylor rose highest to convert an Andy Barcham cross, and in added time, Jon Meades did the same with a bullet header before sliding on his knees to greet the faithful.
It was great to reward our fans with a wholehearted Wimbledon performance," Ardley told the club's official website.
"I have to be honest in that I thought there would be about 50 of them tonight and I wouldn’t have blamed them. Getting up to Manchester on a Tuesday night is murder.
"The boys came up to our fans at the end and they deserve a bit of an ovation themselves.
“The conditions on the pitch were very slippery and I said to the boys before the game, ‘let’s test ourselves and see if we are as good as we hope we can be’.
"We knew it was going to be a real test of character.
"We needed to make sure that we covered each other because there was always going to be mistakes in there. As always, it’s about having the desire in both boxes.
"There was a bit of quality for the first goal as Andy Barcham was absolutely fantastic and we had been saying to Lyle Taylor that he needed to get across people in the box. He did that tonight and got his goal.
Neal praised match-winner Jon Meades for playing through the pain barrier in recent weeks.
“Late on in the game I turned to ‘Coxy’ and said ‘come on one of you lads, just throw yourself at this one’. If ever there is someone brave enough to do it, it’s Jon Meades. It’s a fantastic winner later in the game. Jon is 6 feet 2 inches, he is powerful, and very good in the air.
“To be fair to Jon – and people don’t really know this – he has been in agony every week.
"At the moment he can barely walk in and around the training ground with bad calves and bad ankles.
"It’s one of those situations we are trying to manage, but he is going out there every week and putting himself through it. He will deserve a couple of days of rest before we go again at the weekend.”