Plymouth boss John Sheridan praised the battling qualities of his side as Jason Banton's first-half double proved enough for a 2-1 victory at fellow strugglers Aldershot.

With Aldershot sitting 21st and Plymouth 22nd at the start of play this was a relegation six-pointer in every sense of the word, and first-half goals from Banton, on loan from Crystal Palace, moved Argyle two points clear of the drop zone while sending the Shots into the bottom two.

A Peter Vincenti strike for the hosts was sandwiched either side of Banton's goals, and while Sheridan admitted it was hardly a vintage display from his side he knows points are all that count when you are at the wrong end of the table.

"Considering Aldershot are one of the teams around us it was a massive win for us. It was a great effort from the players," he said. "I don't think we played great but we didn't half battle and that's what they've done for me - battled in the last four games. They are working very hard for each other.

"I don't usually pick people out. We are working hard to win games and stop goals going in and that's a big plus for me. He's (Banton) a threat, when he gets the ball he excites me but I don't think he gets enough of the ball. But he can be a matchwinner.

"Aldershot do put balls in the box, they're a handful and they're a decent side. I think there was one or two penalty decisions that did go our way but sometimes you need a bit of luck. I'm very pleased to get the three points."

Disappointed Aldershot manager Dean Holdsworth felt his side were worthy of reward for their performance and called for a big push over the remaining third of the season. He said: "On another day we would have taken something from the game.

"We've hit a post, we had numerous chances, at 1-1 I thought we were going to go on to win the game. We're all disappointed but there are 16 massive games to go.

"If I was standing here and we'd won the game that might be a bit harsh on Plymouth. They did some good things and counter-attacked us well. I think we deserved something from the game.

"Football finds out if you have character, it doesn't give it to you. We need a lot of character now. This is a blow for us, but we've got 16 games to be better than the opposition."