Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale says he is happy with his side's defensive performances since the start of 2012.
City lost to Charlton 1-0 on Saturday but the goal was only the second the Grecians had conceded in January.
"Defensively, which is the starting point of any game, the players have been asked to do a job for each other and for the team.
"They're doing it fantastically well and it's a good place to start from," he added to BBC Radio Devon.
And Tisdale felt that his side matched League One leaders Charlton for most of the game and were unlucky to concede a soft goal after a blunder from goalkeeper Artur Krysiak.
"A draw would definitely have been a fair result and we're disappointed," he continued.
"I think it was such a tight game - I can't admire my team enough for the last month on how they've committed themselves and applied themselves.
"The players gave everything, we stopped the best team in the league from hardly creating a chance," he added.
And the Grecians boss is confident that his side can use their good defensive form as a platform to mount a strong campaign until the end of the season.
"We're more than capable of mounting a very good second half of the season.
"That was our first loss in the second half of the season against the top team in the league," he said.