Garry Wilson said he was pleased to see his Lewes side dig deep to come away with the three points against Canvey Island.
Lewes claimed the win thanks to a fifth minute strike from Jack Dixon.
Wilson praised the midfielder for the way he took his goal, although he admitted to some disappointment at the way his Rooks side failed to build on that early start.
However, he highlighted the difference in today’s (Saturday) conditions to Tuesday night against Hampton, where both teams were able to play more football.
And he hailed his troops for ‘digging in’ and reducing the Essex visitors to a bare minimum of chances.
He said: “We got off to a good start and Jack Dixon got a great strike from outside the box, so it was a fantastic start for us.
“(But) we should have gone on, we created a few chances after that in the first 10, 15 minutes.
“For some reason we took our foot off the gas. The tempo of the game slowed down and we never quite managed to recreate that tempo for the rest of the period, although there were some little half chances.
“I expected maybe to take it on in the second half but we were playing against the wind and it was difficult. It was a little bit difficult out there today and maybe not the type of game that we had against Hampton.
“It was a different type of game, different type of opposition – and we had to dig deep at times, which I thought we did really well.
“I look over the 90 minutes and we’ve never been really troubled. Rikki Banks has not had a lot to do over the 90 minutes.
“Obviously the sending off changed the face of the game for them, when they were probably having their best spell.
“But I thought overall we should have nicked a goal in the second half. But we never quite created enough or made the keeper work enough.
“I’m just pleased that it’s another clean sheet, another three points. You know, not every game is going to be attack after attack, it’s just nice that we got off to a nice solid start.”
Midfielder and captain Jack Walder filled in at centre half, in Ben Austin’s continued absence with a hamstring injury and Andy Pearson’s return to Whitehawk.
Wilson said: “Andy was recalled back to his parent club, he’s done brilliant and we thank them (Whitehawk) for that.
“Ben Austin failed a late fitness test and Jack played in there – and it looked as though he’d played there all his life. I thought he was outstanding and he thoroughly deserved man of the match today.”
Pictured: Garry Wilson and assistant Danny Bloor patrolling the touch line during the game.