Micky Adams has praised the impact made by teenage midfielder Isaac Osbourne after the 19-year-old featured in Coventry City's 1-0 win over Millwall.
Even though Osbourne played a full part in Coventry's second consecutive win - in his first start in three months - manager Adams remains keen to see some of his senior players return as soon as possible.
Osbourne was not the only youngster in the Sky Blues line-up as Kevin Thornton came on as a substitute for goalscorer Claus Jorgensen. Adams was complimentary about both.
"Isaac was terrific and all I could ask for," Adams said. "He competed, won his tackles and was first class. The one thing that Kevin does is that he handles the ball and plays and I felt we needed that when they went down to ten men.
"Although we say we've got a small squad hopefully we can get some of these injured boys back. John Stern's back on Monday as well so for a club in crisis we're not doing too badly."
Coventry led through Jorgensen in a scrappy first half but could have scored several times in a second period in which Millwall's Matt Lawrence was red-carded for violent conduct.
Despite the wastefulness, the Coventry boss was extremely satisfied to record back-to-back wins for the first time since Easter.
He said: "I couldn't have asked for any more. I thought it was a high energy-level performance. At 1-0 I was still nervous because anything could happen but we saw it through which is pleasing.
"If you count up the chances we had it's embarrassing. Our defending was excellent and we'll have to do a bit of work on our forward play now. Their keeper made a couple of good saves and we were a bit wasteful but I can't complain. I thought every player looked up for the game and we got our mentality right."
With successive victories against the Londoners and Plymouth Argyle under their belts, Adams is hoping confidence will be high the next time Coventry take to the field with a live televised game against Queens Park Rangers in a week's time - when he hopes they can secure their first away win of the campaign.
He said: "We'll go down there brimming with confidence so if there's ever a time that we're going to get one it'll be at QPR."