THEY say the sign of a good side is to get results when you are not playing well, but an ability to score throughout the team can also help.
On both counts, this Tranmere side seems to have the knack.
Ronnie Moore admitted he was expecting to be “ranting and raving” at half time against Yeovil Town last weekend, but James Wallace’s goal seconds before the interval changed that.
“We got the goal at the right time, bang on half time,” says Moore. “That changes the whole dressing room, because rather than ranting and raving, you go in and can be a bit more sensible and say the right things.
“I always thought we were going to score again, it was just whether we were going to concede again because the two centre backs just weren't right on the day. But luckily for us they got it right in the second half.
“At 2-0, we gave ourselves a mountain to climb, but at 2-1, we are on the front foot.
“The dressing room was fine. They knew, they didn't need me to tell them that they weren't playing well in the first half, but we were creating chances, and that always gave me confidence we would get something.”
Tranmere did get something, of course. Three points. A dozen games unbeaten to start the season is something few would have countenanced when making their pre-season predictions.
Danny Holmes was the match winner, scoring his first Prenton Park goal, and his second in total this season. Tranmere have the three top individual scorers in League One in Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro, Jake Cassidy and Andy Robinson, but they are sharing the goalscoring burden throughout the team.
Moore is now looking at some of Holmes’ defensive colleagues to pull their weight, goalscoring wise.
“It's great for us to have the goals spread around,” he says. “Danny's got two now, Zoumana Bakayogo's got two, they’re all chipping in.
“I'm just waiting for those two centre halves to get on the end of things now. They are up for every free kick, every corner, and they have not even looked like they are going to score! I know Danny has been winding them up this week in training, and rightly so.
“Danny had been moaning at Wallace about him not scoring, and suddenly Jay has hit the back of the net a couple of times.
“I think it helps. The banter's good, but like I say our two centre backs are both 6ft plus, and I don't think they have had a header between them yet. It will be interesting to see if we can start getting a couple of goals from them now.”