Reuben Ogbonnaya says Niger Tornadoes can retain their place in the top four of the Nigeria Professional Football League, having defeated Ifeanyi Ubah 2-1 in Nnewi.
The Ikon Allah Boys narrowly escaped defeat at home following a 1-1 draw with Kwara United a week ago and were thrown into mourning following the death of Hussaini Isah 24 hours after.
Grieved Hamza Abara's side traveled to Nnewi, harbouring hopes of securing a win to honour their late defender and Mubarak Ejiogu set the ball rolling for the hosts with his 72nd-minute strike.
Godwin Obaje almost ruined their dreams, leveling up in the 90th minute for the hosts before Bashir Usman netting deep inside the injury time to guarantee the vital victory for the visitors.
And the former Kano Pillars man disclosed that the first away win of the season was inspired by his mates' quest to pay last respect to late Isah.
"Winning away is never easy and it was a very well tough for us against Ifeanyi Ubah," Ogbonnaya told Goal.
"I'll say we took our chances and at least we defended very well. It was sad for us to lose [Hussaini] Isah and we all played with great determination to win for him.
"I think our game against Ifeanyi Ubah was our second best performance this season after the one against Wikki Tourist in Jos.
"I will say our late brother [Isah] motivated us to fight hard to win and we happily playing as a unite and showing him last respect with an away victory."
On coping with the departure of key players, Ogbonnaya believes that they can carry on while stressing their determination to finish in the top four.
"We have a great team and not lost some quality players during the transfer window. I still believe we will cope, though we will definitely miss them for sure we have moved on," he continued.
"We are not going to relent but getting stronger and stronger game by game. The win was of great importance to us because we want to keep the position which we are and strengthen our chances to finish in the top-four. I believe we can do it."
The victory kept Niger Tornadoes in fourth on the log with 34 points - six behind league leaders Lobi Stars after 22 games this season.