Niger Tornadoes' Rueben Ogbonnaya expressed his pride at the way they had masterminded a fantastic run of form following their Sunday's victory over MFM FC.
After their 1-0 win over Olukoya Boys in Minna, the Ikon Allah Boys extended their unbeaten run to nine and climbed to the second with 30 points - their highest position this season.
In February, the Minna-based boys were rock bottom after suffering five consecutive matches, resulting in the sack of erstwhile gaffer Erasmus Onu and immediately replaced by Hamza Abara.
And the excited former Kano Pillars man explained that the lessons they learned from the ugly past earlier this year inspired their recent spectacular display.
"I'm really proud and so happy with our good performance and the victory over MFM," Ogbonnaya told Goal.
"Everybody wanted to prove themselves and showed that we can compete. We got our goal in early against MFM and we fought hard to defend it. It was not easy going nine games without a loss.
"We were heartbroken losing five matches back then and that really pushed us to fight strongly in every match. No one can be blamed for those defeats because some of the new players were yet to blend well.
"We learned from it and improved. We were brave and determined to win all matches. Right now, I believe we can compete against the top teams and we must maintain the momentum. I'm very happy for our fans, for our team and the coaching crew. I'm so, so happy."