El Kanemi Warriors goalkeeper Modou Jobe said his side were at their best to return to winning ways following a 2-0 win over 10-man Akwa United at the Maiduguri Township Stadium on Thursday.
The Borno Army were searching for their first win in three games to move out of the relegation zone and Michael Ohanu first-half strike plus Sani Abbani's 53rd minute effort condemned the Promise Keepers to their seventh defeat this season.
And the Gambian international, who missed the encounter due to an injury, explained that their coach's instruction helped them to subdue 'quality' Abdu Maikaba's side.
"I was very excited with the result we got against Akwa Unite as it took us out of the bottom four," Jobe told Goal.
"Though it was a hard game we manage to score early and kept the pressure on them throughout the match. We respected them before the game because we knew how good they are. Our coach masterminded the play which we've work on in training ground.
"With our high pressing football, we didn't allow them to play their kind of game to make it easy for us to dominate the game.
"Akwa is one of the best team in the country and playing against them is always going to produce a good quality football. With our Coach, I believe everything is possible because he's one of the best coaches I have ever worked with.
Having managed to move of out the drop zone, he further feels that his side have what it takes to contest for the league diadem.
"He's [Imama Amapakabo] a real leader and teaches us new things. With him and the quality of players we got, I believe we can still challenge for the title this season.
"We're struggling throughout the first round but no team has outplayed us since we started the league. But that's football, you can play well an lost or draw. The points that separate us from the first is not much and we can catch up in a matter of three games."
With the win, El Kanemi Warriors are 14th spot with 26 points from 21 games and will trip to Umuahia to face Abia Warriors on Monday.