Bury manager Kevin Blackwell was full of praise after his side defeated Portsmouth 2-0 at Gigg Lane.
Adam Lockwood's 18th-minute strike and Steven Schumacher's second-half penalty and was enough for the Shakers to secure their second home league win of the season.
Blackwell said: "I had words at half-time, I wasn't happy, but the response I got out of them was exactly what I wanted.
"I knew we were comfortable for the 1-0, but I also knew they had the quality to finish us off. Second half, we were a different class, we built up pressure and we created chance after chance.
"I am proud of them. I was critical when I came, now I'm full of praise for the players. They are a great set of lads and I'm proud to be their manager."
Portsmouth were restricted for much of the match with shots from long range.
Izale McLeod and Carl Dickinson both had decent attempts on goal, but failed to trouble Bury goalkeeper Trevor Carson.
"They did everything we asked them to do," the Portsmouth caretaker-manager Guy Whittingham said. "We have good players, but they aren't coming through at the moment because we're not being 'nasty'. I think was the word everyone was using. It's a tough and physical league and you get time on the ball, as we saw."
The caretaker boss also played down his chances of taking the role on a full-time basis.
"There's a huge picture at this football club and there's a lot more things that need to be sorted out rather than the manager at the moment. Of course, it's important that myself and Andy offered to do it, we really want to do it and are happy doing it. It's a privilege to do it, but there are bigger things."