Terry Brown said he was "euphoric" after seeing his side come back from a goal down to claim a well deserved 2-1 victory against Maidenhead United at York Road on Tuesday night.
Roscoe D'Sane's winner in the 77th minute came after the Shots had dominated for large periods of the game against a determined Maidenhead side, who themselves may well argue that both goals they conceded owed more to good fortune rather than the Shots creativity up front.
However, the fact they conceded 13 corners in the match told the story of the Shots dominance.
If it all ended on a very high note for Brown's side, it couldn't have started on a much lower one after Matt Glynn was allowed to break into the box with ease to score a soft goal from just six yards out after just 41 seconds.
"I was very disappointed with the way we started," said Brown. "We have spoken before about giving away sloppy early goals and the idea was to keep it nice and tight up until half-time but that went bankrupt after thirty seconds."
However, as the game progressed, the Shots began to take control and Paul Moody and D'Sane were starting to look more than a handful up front.
D'sane came close to bringing the scores level on 19 minutes after being put through down the right hand side by Hooper but his shot was well parried by Richard Barnard and then cleared by Andy Morley.
The pressure was now building on Maidenhead and Moody continued to put pressure on their defence with his presence in the air.
Then after 32 minutes, Carroll's long ball into the box from the right hand side was intended for the head of Moody but when the ball was cleared by the Maidenhead defence, the roar from behind the goal indicated that the Shots fans felt there was an injustice in how Moody was handled in the box.
Despite their appeals, and those from Moody himself, the referee allowed play to continue and it was only until several Shots players pointed to the linesman's raised flag that the game was stopped and the inevitable penalty was awarded against Steve Croxford for pulling in the box.
Moody himself drilled the spot kick past Bernard who had no answer and now it was game on as the Shots continued to raise their game for the remainder of half despite Maidenhead having a goal disallowed for a clear off-side after 37 minutes.
In the second half Brown brought on the lively John Nutter for Anthony Charles and in stark contrast to the opening of the first half the Shots had their opponents under pressure with six corners in just six frantic minutes. However, much to Brown's dissapointment, none of them were converted. "We practice set pieces every week and we are not getting the delivery right," said Brown, whose frustration were evident with each corner clearance.
Not only that, but Brown was clearly agitated as his midfield failed to get the ball to Nutter on the left hand side as they now began to drift in and out of the game allowing Maidenhead to have their best stint of pressure since the opening minutes.
Gareth Howells than saved well from Mark Nicholls on 73 minutes before pulling off the save of the match three minutes later as Lawrence Yaku released a fierce drive which the Shots stopper just managed to tip onto the bar to keep the scores level.
Just when it looked like Maidenehead's pressure might see them take more than just a point from the match, D'Sane ran onto a Jason Cousin's clearance which was left by Chris Eccleswood and he cooly rounded Bernard to finish from inside the box.
To their credit Maidenhead continued to battle, and their efforts nearly paid off on 86 minutes when Glynn's free-kick from outside the box was cleared only into the path of Croxford whose shot was well blocked by several Shots players.
Brown said: "I was pleased with the way we responded after conceding the early goal."
When asked about the importance of the game, Brown replied: "It's a massive game, Maidenhead don't just raise their game for Aldershot. They are very organised and very tough to beat."
The Shots travel to league new boys Ford United on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
Shots: Howells, Hooper, Ready, Cousins, Sterling, A.Charles (sub Nutter 45), Gell, Holsgrove, Carroll (Parker 68), Moody, D'Sane.