Buxton recorded a straightforward 22-5 win at Keyworth on Saturday - but director of rugby Karl de Groot was far from happy.
Buxton may have took the points but it was the manner of their performance which displeased de Groot.
“We didn’t quite manage to get our usual game processes working effectively on Saturday,” he said.
“That was mainly due to some poor team preparation on the day.
“The boys were all really disappointed with the win and I think that shows the standards that they have now set for themselves.
“So in that respect, you can only be pleased.
“We managed to grind out an ugly win away from home at one of the bottom sides.
“But the four points puts us right in the mix now and really our destiny is in our own hands with a few league results going our way.
“We now just have to close out the games against the teams level with us in the table to push on, after our recent run in both the cup and league.
“We have a difficult home game on Saturday against Long Eaton and if we play like we did at Keyworth we will really put ourselves under pressure.”
Starting with just 14 men and with a few players filling positions that they were unaccustomed to, Buxton struggled to generate any early momentum.
The missing troops arrived 15 minutes into the game and made an immediate impact on the interchanges with Scott winning his first line-out and providing some much-needed quality for Wagstaff to slice through the centre for the first score.
Buxton were struggling to generate continuity, with the narrow pitch reducing chances for their speedy back line.
Lomas added a penalty before the break as Buxton went in with an 8-0 lead.
The second half continued in the same vein with chance after chance being squandered by the visitors.
Keyworth tried to build momentum of their own but Buxton skipper Scott came to the fore at the right time.
The captain produced a powerful run down the centre of the pitch, for a much-needed try under the posts on the hour mark.
Lomas booted the extras to give the Bucks some breathing space and a 15-0 lead.
The game then deteriorated into an old fashioned tussle in the mud with neither side really creating any phases.
Meek managed to go over for a try late on, but it failed to mask Buxton’s poor showing.
Saturday sees Buxton host Long Eaton at Sunnyfields (2.15pm).