Southport manager Liam Watson admitted he was dumbstruck after watching his side capitulate against Chester in a 5-0 defeat.
Steve Watson’s side scored four second-half goals to hand Southport successive defeats after they were edged out by Kettering Town in the previous game.
In their rescheduled clash with Telford United, the Sandgrounders bounced back from their disappointment to issue damage on Paul Carden’s survival hopes.
Doug Tharme’s brace and a Jordan Archer header late on secured the points and set the Yellows back on course after a brief wobble.
For Southport, they face another stern trip this time in the form of Boston United who are looking to break into the playoffs.
Watson told Off The Park: “I didn’t see it coming, I was dumbstruck watching what I was watching. I didn’t recognise the players, certainly the attitude of the players.
“But it happens, it happened to me loads but still is horrible when it happens.
“Shock [in the dressing room] I think a lot of us were just in pure shock. It’s not a bad thing, still not enjoyable when it happens.
“Telford have been on a good run of late, think they’ve lost one in eight but the worst thing for Telford was what happened to us on Saturday.
“Think they probably knew we were going to respond and we responded really strongly which was good.
“Hunger, desire, application, attitude. I never question ours so it’s a bit harsh for me. We conceded two goals in 11, 12 games then we concede double that in 45 minutes.
“It’s something I’ve got to take on the chin and move on.
“We know we’ve got to go there and be physically dominant and match them. If we don’t match them, we’ll get run over.
“There’s still a long way to go, the way I look at it is we need eight wins from our last 18 games, if we can get eight wins we’re going to be there or thereabouts.”