There's more to come, promises Trinity's answer to Paul Scholes
Gainsborough Trinity have the quality to challenge the best in Skrill North – take it from someone who knows.
Midfielder Simon Russell has been involved in two relegation scraps, but insists the talent within the current Trinity side is very different from his previous experiences.
Russell, who also had spells with Hull City and Lincoln City, earned the man of the match award following Trinity's 2-1 win over Barrow on Saturday.
The win was Gainsborough's first this season and while they remain rooted to the foot of the table, Russell believes they can still have some success this season.
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"There is a lot of relief after that win, but I think we fully deserved it," he said.
"I know they had a bit of pressure in the second half after they had scored and there was a little of 'here we go again'. But I thought we were really good in the first half and it's brilliant to get the three points.
"I have been involved in two relegation battles, one at Kidderminster and one at York, I think the Kidderminster situation was worse than this one.
However, I don't actually think we lost six on the bounce in that season.
"But the difference there was that we were the worst team in League Two at that time and that's why we were in a relegation battle.
"We have far and away a good enough squad to do well in this league. We needed the win and it will lift the team.
"When you lose you get home and you just want to curl up in a ball and not speak to anyone. We have to take this into Saturday."
After admitting to having a slow start to the campaign, the 28-year-old is reaching the levels that made him popular with Gainsborough supporters last season.
His man of the match display on Saturday saw Russell live up to his club nickname 'Scholesy'.
"To be honest with you, I am my biggest critic and I still feel there is more to come from me," he added.
"I am really disappointed I haven't scored yet and there is plenty more to work on.
"The first three or four games I didn't feel sharp enough to be honest, but the last two or three games I have felt a bit more like myself and a lot sharper."
Russell has also been encouraged following the introduction of new faces at the club.
In recent weeks, manager Steve Housham has brought in strikers Rhys Oates and Conner Robinson on loan and Dan Clayton on non-contract terms.
This week the Trinity boss drafted in former Northern Ireland international Ciaran Toner and 19-year-old Sheffield Wednesday centre half Taylor McKenzie.
"I think the new faces were needed," added Russell.
"We got into a bit of a rut and I think we needed to freshen it up.
"The gaffer has made some good decisions and that has been proved with this win.
"Young Taylor has come in and he has done a great job. It's hard for a young lad, coming from a bigger club to this level.
"It's physical, people are backing in all the time, but he stood up to it and he is a strong boy for 19. He will only get better.
"The two young lads up front have come in and have been a breath of fresh air. They hold the ball up well and they have big futures in the game and Dan (Clayton) as well. He put in a good shift."