Michael Appleton was proud of the determination his side showed as they battled to an impressive win at Wigan Athletic.
The Imps were deserved victors at the DW Stadium, as goals from Dan Nlundulu and TJ Eyoma silenced more than 8,000 home fans.
Appleton said: “We knew it was going to be tough as they’re a very good side, but we showed a lot of grit and it’s a massive result for us. We were a little disappointed not to keep a clean sheet, but sometimes a win is more important and I’m very proud of that performance.
“We started the game really well, got the goal and then in the second half could have got a third or fourth goal on top of the one we did. We knew we’d have to defend crosses in the box and they’d get the ball forward early - we dealt with that really well and were brave in possession.”
Nlundulu capped his most impressive outing in an Imps shirt with his first goal for the club, and Appleton was pleased the forward followed his advice.
He added: “He worked hard and is getting to understand what it takes in League football - my only instruction to him was run, and if he came towards the ball I’d probably take him off.
“I wanted him to run away from the ball and be a problem for the opposition, I wanted him running behind and outmuscling defenders - we don’t need him coming for the ball to feet. He took the instructions on board and hopefully he can do it again on Saturday.”