Plymouth manager John Sheridan praised his players for bouncing back from Monday's 2-0 defeat at relegation rivals York with a 2-0 home win over fourth-placed Cheltenham.
On-loan Yeovil striker Reuben Reid opened the scoring from close range after latching on to a rebound as man-of-the-match Joe Bryan's thumping shot bounced off the post. Argyle surged further ahead when Onismor Bhasera's pace-driven cross from the left flew off Cheltenham's Michael Hector and in on 54 minutes.
The win, their fourth in five, lifted Argyle to 18th in the tightly packed basement, three points above second from bottom York with a game in hand.
"I thought it was a very good performance - a great comeback after the disappointment of losing at York," the former Chesterfield boss said. "We weren't at the races at York so to come back and give that performance against a very good team, who are going for automatic (promotion) was outstanding and we could have scored a lot more goals than we did.
"I have always said the magic word is consistency and that's what I have been trying to get out of the players. I won't leave them alone until we get that, and I think we are improving.
"The York game was a downer, it was the way we performed more than anything else and I don't expect that. I have been very pleased with the way we have been playing, I think we are improving.
"I thought we looked solid and we have got a very good habit of keeping clean sheets but it's as a team. It's not just the defenders and the keeper. We worked very hard from the front and I thought that is what won us the game. The front four - Joe, Andres (Gurrieri), Jason (Banton) and Reuben - worked really hard and it unsettled them."
The loss leaves Cheltenham outside the automatic promotion spots on goal difference but means they have won just five of their 21 away games so far this season.
And manager Mark Yates knows they need a vast improvement when they welcome newly promoted Gillingham on Saturday. "There are plenty more twists and turns but we have to make sure we do our job," he said. "Here we didn't do it. We have to make sure we are better next week by a million miles.
"We didn't turn up. I can't say that too often about my players. It was not good enough, we got well and truly beaten and we were lucky to get away with 2-0."