Strathspey Thistle manager Gordon Nicolson praised his players after they came from behind to beat Clach 4-1 in Grantown in a preliminary round of the Highland League Cup.
Michael Finnis gave Clach the lead from the penalty spot before Liam Taylor restored parity.
James McShane converted from the penalty spot to put the Jags in front before secondhalf strikes from Craig Macmillan and James Fraser put the result beyond doubt.
Nicolson, whose side will face Forres Mechanics at home in the first round, said: “It was very pleasing after the result last week (a 7-1 defeat at Keith).
“We really needed to bounce back strongly.
“Games against Clach tend to be pretty close affairs.
“This was competitive but it was good to get back to winning ways.
“We have lost a few games recently by narrow margins and we had played well.
“But that made the game against Keith even tougher to take as the players have been fantastic.
“The boys showed their character because we went a goal down.
“I thought after the first 25 minutes, we were pretty convincing.
“The whole team played great.
“I was really pleased for young Liam Taylor as he worked really hard and got his reward with the equaliser.
“From the goalkeeper right through it was a pretty accomplished performance.
“We wanted to make it through to the next round so it was pleasing to achieve that.
“We face Forres in the next round which we know will be tough but it is a game to look forward to.”
Before then, Nicolson’s side make the journey to Harmsworth Park on Wednesday night to face a Wick Academy side that will be in confident mood after their 1-0 success at Inverurie Locos on Saturday.
The Strathspey manager added: “Wick are a good side.”