Nigel Worthington believes he is finally starting to change the mindset of his York squad after a 2-0 victory over Plymouth gave the Northern Irishman his first win in the job.

The Minstermen had not won since New Year's Day but against a Pilgrims side who themselves are battling to remain in the Football League, York struck twice in nine first-half minutes through Ashley Chambers and Richard Cresswell to record an overdue win.

When asked what the overriding feeling was among the York camp after the game, Worthington said: "It's one of delight because of the performance achieved to get the three points and it puts the marker down that what we're looking for, we can do."

Worthington thought his men built on their strong defensive performance in the 0-0 draw with Bristol Rovers on Saturday and backed his squad to go on an unbeaten run which would ensure their survival following last season's promotion.

"No doubt it was important to try and get the three points to continue that run - it makes an imprint in the players' mind," he added. "To get that performance, and the result and control the game in the way we did was very, very reassuring and gives them a great platform."

The victory moves York just one point from safety as they looked to avoid an immediate return to non-league football, and Worthington concluded: "We've got a fighting chance and that's what it is. It was a fight from 10 games, there's now four left and every one will be important."

Three points for Plymouth would have virtually assured their survival, yet boss John Sheridan was left fuming with their performance as a run of three successive wins came to a halt with a whimper. He said: "It was not good enough at all. It was a very poor performance, we didn't deserve anything from the game.

"I don't think we were up for it - there's no reason why we shouldn't have been especially after the derby game (against Exeter on Saturday) and wining three games on the spin. We played like a team who've already been relegated and I can't explain why."

Sheridan acknowledged the magnitude of the defeat which not only dragged them back into deep trouble but also lifted one of their rivals, who are now just one point behind Argyle.

He added: "I don't mind losing football matches but it's the way we lost it. We are playing against a team we could have got away from a little bit (in the table) but York wanted it more than us and I hold my hands up. I'm disappointed."