Gary Mills, manager of Conference Premier club Gateshead, believes his side are adjusting well to the rigours of the new campaign, with their mental strength firmly intact following two testing fixtures on the road.
The Heed followed up a 1-1 draw at Macclesfield Town with the same result at Welling United last Saturday, leaving them fifth in the standings, four points adrift of early pacesetters Barnet.
But, having fallen behind in both games, Mills believes his side are building the character required for a sustained promotion push.
He said: “Those results have grown our mental strength. To come from behind in two games – both away from home – in a short space of time, represents a turnaround at Gateshead Football Club.
“Compare that to the Gateshead I knew in the past – if you got in front against them, you’d beat them. So, we’ve built a belief that when we do go behind in a game, we have the character to turn it around.”