Manager Micky Adams likened Port Vale's 1-0 win at Bradford to robbing a sweet shop.
Adams praised the character and resilience of his team as second-placed Vale ended City's 100% home record with a goal from leading scorer Tom Pope.
The win also enabled them to cut Gillingham's lead at the top of League Two to three points after the Gills surprisingly lost 2-1 at home to Rochdale.
Adams said: "In terms of character and resilience, to a man, we stood our ground and we have managed to scrape three points.
"This is a tough place to come. I watched Bradford absolutely slaughter Burton in the League Cup in midweek and we knew they would throw a lot of balls into our box. We rode our luck at times, but we also showed good defensive work.
"We had a bit of fortune for our goal, it was a back-pass from one of their boys, but Tom Pope is in a rich vein of form and he stuck it away well.
"To come away with a result like that means I have gone to the sweet shop and taken away three points."
Bradford manager Phil Parkinson said: "It's frustrating to lose, but I don't think we could have done much more. We started terrifically well and then conceded a bad goal, but that didn't really affect us. There were so many crosses into the box and so many opportunities but it didn't work for us in front of goal.
"I couldn't fault the lads. They played really well. Some of the football in the first half was exceptional. We looked a good side and our fitness levels were superb.
"We kept going and our numerous crosses and attempts on goal would have usually given us two or three goals, but Port Vale defended really well. We put them through it all over the pitch."