After six convincing victories against lower-ranked opponents, a win against a higher-level team has boosted Bideford ahead of the new season.
The Robins beat Bath City, of the Skrill Conference South, 2-0 in their final pre-season friendly at the Sports Ground on Saturday.
While well-taken first-half goals from Sean Downing and Rob Farkins sealed the win, it was the team's defensive discipline that stood out.
Farkins, Nick Milton and Jack Furzer provided a strong three-man defence to deny Andy Watkins, the former Bideford striker, any space.
Even in the last few minutes with the result seemingly secured, Downing could be seen chasing back the length of the field, Matt Bye made a typically ferocious challenge in midfield and Steve Orchard, the substitute, blocked a shot on the edge of the box.
Sean Joyce, the Bideford manager, was pleased with the desire shown by his team.
"First half we kept a good high line and we worked really hard," he said. "Second half, with the quality they have got they kept the ball, but we kept our shape and kept our discipline.
"We probably had more chances against Weston-super-Mare (in the 1-0 defeat) but the difference from Tuesday was we took them.
"People say pre-season doesn't matter but it does. You want to get into good habits. Winning habits."
Farkins, outstanding against Bath, will miss Saturday's opening match in the Calor League at Chesham United and the home fixture with AFC Totton on Tuesday due to suspension.
That could mean an important role for Milton, the former Torquay United youth player, who has done well in pre-season on his return to Bideford.
"Nick has had two or three chances before and he probably wasn't mature enough," said Joyce.
"He's a full-back really but we've had to play him centre half and he's come in and done really well."
The Chesham fixture will test Bideford's squad with Matt Hockley, the captain, unavailable because he is getting married and Nick Barker, the left-back, attending the wedding.
Ben Gerring, Ian Sampson and Saul Halpin are set to return after missing the Bath game.