Dover boss Chris Kinnear applauded his side as they coped without suspended striker Ricky Miller and showed they can bounce back from adversity as he watched his side squeeze past Bromley.
The Whites won 1-0 but did it without the league’s top scorer.
They buried the ghost of Tuesday night when Dover were thrashed 5-0 at Boreham Wood in their worst performance of an otherwise excellent season.
Miller was watching from the stands as Joe Healy filled his boots by getting the winning goal on the hour mark.
How they needed that victory with Gateshead, Barrow and Aldershot also all winning. Kinnear thinks the race to finish in the top five could go the distance.
The manager suggested they rode their luck at the Crabble but knows three points when you aren’t at your best is a sign of a team looking for promotion.
“I think all things considered that is a good three points for us,” said the manager, who has also been in charge at Margate.
“We were missing players but we created a lot of chances which is a good sign.