Gary Brabin hailed Tranmere’s professional approach as they recorded a third away win on the spin at Bromley.
Rovers only needed one goal to pick up the victory, and close the gap on the play-offs to just two points.
And the manager was pleased with how his side saw out the game under some late pressure.
“We deserved the points and it’s another good win,” he said.
“If you look at the last 15 or 20 minutes, it was certainly an old fashioned game where we’ve had to dig in.
“But if you look beyond that, the first half was as well as we’ve played this season.
“Coming in 0-0, you’re thinking we should be one or two goals up.
“So we were disappointed, but we started the second half with the same intensity.
“We created chances, fizzed it across the goal and next minute, Vaughan has got one and we’ve gone ahead.
“They put us under a little bit of pressure but equally, we had our chances.”
The result is a fourth win in five for Tranmere, who are now laying down their marker for a play-off challenge.
Indeed, the gap has decreased significantly following a strong run since the start of the festive period.
They are playing more as a team, and Brabin reckons they have finally got to grips with the division.
“It’s a tough league,” he continued.
“People underestimate it. I’m not surprised when you see these clubs knocking league clubs out of the FA Cup.
“It’s a strong, competitive league and you can’t take anything for granted.
“So was the case today – it was a tough game.
“But I was pleased with ourselves. We performed really well.
“The only thing missing in the first half was a goal or two.
“It was unfortunate that we didn’t get another goal to make life easier for ourselves.
“But last 15 or 20 minutes, we’ve dug in and kept another clean sheet.”
Lee Vaughan was the goalscorer, with a rare strike from a narrow angle inside the box.
And Brabin joked about his matchwinner: “The lads are all winding him up saying he crossed the ball!
“But it was a good finish.
“Vaughany’s come in and done really well for us and it’s a good goal for him.”