Aldershot manager Dean Holdsworth hailed his side's desire and passion after Luke Guttridge's second-half strike sealed all three points in a 1-0 win over high-flying Shrewsbury.
Without a League Two victory since November 1, the pressure was on the Shots heading into the game against a side who were unbeaten in eight.
But in a match of few chances it was Aldershot who came out on top thanks to Guttridge's 67th-minute tap-in, leaving Holdsworth ecstatic, who said: "I'm really happy with the result, we needed it. I think we got what we deserved. The passion they showed as a group of people was outstanding."
He added: "We've risen up from the standard that is acceptable and have raised the bar. We've played against a very good side, one of the title favourites, and man-for-man the desire from my players was fantastic.
"You saw that every man was giving everything for each other and for the shirts and that is what I expect and want. I'm glad we've got our rewards for working extremely hard, defending and putting your body on the line is what it's all about. That show the togetherness of the group of people, we've come through a period and that was for the fans."
Shrewsbury boss Graham Turner was at a loss to explain his side's poor performance.
"I can't explain this, I can only sum it up by saying we were awful but I can't explain the reasons why so many players who have been performing well recently have been below par," he said.
"It was just a performance that surprised me, I didn't see it coming and I'm bitterly disappointed with the manner in which we played, both with the ball and without it.
"We had to do better with the ball. The goal probably summed up our game. The lads in the box should have been marked or been offside.
"To be fair to Aldershot they worked hard so it was crucial we passed well and I'm afraid to say we didn't do that. We've had a good run that has ended and looking back I think I should have changed the side but results have been such that the team was justified."