Dean Holdsworth described his improving Aldershot side's 1-0 victory at promotion-chasing Burton as a massive three points.
The Shots looked anything but relegation candidates as they held onto a fourth-minute lead given to them by on-loan striker Dani Lopez to make it four games unbeaten on the road.
Holdsworth said: "We're learning as we go along and the effort was fantastic. I'm delighted with that and to come here and get a result like this is a massive three points for us.
"I think we'll start to enjoy it even more as we hopefully move up the table but at the moment we're really digging in for each other and working our socks off.
"We did the basics well tonight and you could see the team grow in confidence.
"We defended well but it was also about keeping the ball up the front of the pitch as well to take the pressure off the back four, which I thought we did pretty well.
"I thought the front two (Lopez and Danny Hylton) were a handful and, overall, we came here and did everything right."
Burton boss Gary Rowett said: "It's been a punishing schedule for us. I hoped the three days recovery since the Dagenham game on Saturday might be enough, but it clearly wasn't.
"The lads were quiet in the dressing room and we tried to give them a lift, but we didn't play with our usual zest and energy.
"I don't want to take anything away from Aldershot because I thought they worked really hard to capitalise. The early goal didn't help - and it was a poor one to concede from our point of view."