York City manager Nigel Worthington hailed his team as they held off a second half onslaught from Bury to register a 1-0 win and boost their Play-Off aspirations.

Keith Lowe's fifth minute goal proved to be the difference between the sides as York stretched their unbeaten run to 15 games and crucially move five points clear of Oxford.

The visitors had a number of chances to level the scores in the second half but Worthington paid tribute to his side as they registered a ninth clean sheet in 10 games.

"It was a fantastic three points," he said. "The effort, commitment and resilience that the players have put in over the run has just been fantastic. We've played two important games in the space of three days, and physically and emotionally it can drain you. The lads have done exceptionally well and they were well worth the three points.

"At some stage, no matter who you play or how well you are playing, the opposition are going to threaten, you need to be switched on, have a high level of concentration and resilience in order to keep clean sheets. I don't put any clean sheets down to the goalkeeper or back four, it starts from the front.

"It's a team game and at this time of season it's not about individual players, it's about the team and squad and everyone is pulling together."

Bury manager David Flitcroft admitted he felt deflated at the full-time whistle.

The Shakers, who had Daniel Nardiello sent off, dominated the second half and did everything but score with Tom Soares going closest to restoring parity.

Flitcroft believes the defeat has ending his side's slim hopes of the play-offs but admitted he couldn't have asked much more from his team.

"I've said to the players that they've given everything," he said. "We've tried everything as a group to win this football match, I know how important it was for us to keep the season alive, and I'm deflated because we did more than enough to win the match.

"We dominated the game with 11 and it was a scruffy goal they got and Jens (Brian Jenson) has only had to make one save all game. I'm not deluded, I know what I've seen, but we've been beaten and it's deflating. The lads they give each other everything and we can't give anymore than what I've just witnessed.

"We've had good momentum and we've worked hard to get where we are and I wanted to keep the season alive until the last game. It's taken away that opportunity to fight for a play-off place."