Mark Jones marked Oxford City’s disappointing 2-1 defeat at Concord Rangers at the start of February as a ‘turning point’ after his side made it three wins on the bounce on Saturday.
City’s defeat against the fellow strugglers made it five games without a win but a tactical shake-up since then has reversed the Hoops’ fortunes.
The weekend’s impressive 2-0 win at home to Chelmsford City not only completed the double over the Essex side but made it three successive wins against promotion-hunting teams.
Jones said: “That was definitely a low moment at Concord and after we felt that if we carry on the way we are we could be in trouble, even though we have good players.
“We’ve changed things, brought a couple of players in and changed the shape to a 3-4-3 system and it’s paid off for us.”
He added: “Sometimes as manager you try things and it doesn’t come off. I’m not saying it was a tactical masterstroke but what we didn’t do is just accept it.
“We wanted to do something about it and thankfully it’s come off for us.”
Saturday’s win was secured after another telling impact from Milton Keynes Dons loanee Sam Nombe, who netted both goals to take his tally to five goals in two and a bit games.
Should Oxford survive, which they should do easily if last month was anything to go by, Nombe’s signing will have been a significant factor.
Singing the praises of his new start man, Jones said: “Sam looks like a great signing for us. Five goals in three games – what a start to his time here with us.
“He’s got good pace, knows where the goal is and is a real threat for us.
“Working up there alongside Matt Paterson and Zak McEachran or Rob Sinclair looks like a potent front three.”
Clearly enjoying his stay in Oxfordshire, Nombe said it is “a great joy” to be playing at Court Place Farm.
City, up to 14th and 10 points above the National League South relegation zone, travel to mid-table side Wealdstone (12th) on Saturday.