Consistency was key for Justin Edinburgh as he celebrated his first Gills win on Tuesday night.
Gillingham were unbeaten in five games going into their midweek clash at London Road against Peterborough.
With that form behind them, the new manager didn’t feel it was right to make any unnecessary changes. The Gills won the game 2-1.
The only switch to the XI was an enforced one as Danny Galbraith replaced injured Josh Pritchard.
Edinburgh said: “It was pleasing and when you start you always want to get off to a positive result. We certainly got that.
“We had to ride our luck in the first 25 minutes but once we got over that initial period then we got ourselves into the game and got the lead. All in all I am delighted with the effort of the players.
“There was a good save from Nelson and one hit the crossbar. They played an attacking formation and we took a little while to get to grips with it.
“We changed one or two things and once we did that after the first half hour we got a foothold into the game. We got that goal to take into the lead at half time and that was very pleasing.
“These boys are going along nicely. Pritchard was injured and we brought Galbraith in. When players are playing well and getting result they would be disappointed if they came out of the side and got left out. “
Bradley Dack put the Gills ahead and despite the hosts drawing level through Jack Payne, John Marquis netted with 11 minutes left.
“Dack has so much energy,” said Edinburgh.
“One thing I haven’t got to ask this group to do is run. That is pleasing. If anything I am trying to put the reins on them to try and control that enthusiasm and try and channel it into being a little more productive on the ball.
“(John Marquis) scored a very good goal. It was a sublime finish and it was a great goal to win the game.”