Bury boss Kevin Blackwell felt his side's 2-0 upset of joint-leaders Doncaster was the least they deserved after a torrid time over Christmas.
The Shakers had been under a transfer embargo during a run of 12 games without a win, but with the ban now lifted, Blackwell has boosted his squad and his new-look side ended that run to move within a point of safety in npower League One.
Fit-again striker Andy Bishop broke the deadlock in the 25th minute before Nicky Ajose doubled the hosts' lead 10 minutes later. And although the visitors piled on the pressure for the rest of the contest, Bury hung on to end Doncaster's 12-match unbeaten away run.
"I don't think anyone who's seen us play recently would begrudge us that," said Blackwell. "We've been playing well for a long, long time. It was a terrific 11-man display against a team that's second and were on a fantastic run. We had a few other chances to win it as well.
"The first goal was pure invention. The kids were bright, sharp, quick - and we felt that would be the undoing of Donny. It was pointless fighting them - we know how big and strong they are - and when we moved it quickly we caused them some real problems.
The Bury boss added: "Bishop gives us that bit more experience and we've missed that. His finish was first-class, he's worked his socks off this last six weeks to get fit and he ran himself into the ground."
Doncaster manager Brian Flynn said his side were now a prized scalp for other clubs in the division.
"Being up there is a huge confidence booster," said Flynn. "But there's also that added pressure of teams wanting to beat you - and that's what happened with Bury.
"They were desperate, they worked really hard to stop us playing and they wanted to beat us because we're a scalp, and we're going to have to deal with that now we're in the top two.
"I was disappointed to concede from two set-plays. It was unexpected, to say the least, because we don't let that happen very often. Second half we had to push the full-backs forward, which let them have one or two opportunities on the counter-attack, but I'm prepared to take risks to get forward and get goals."