After finding the net in Ross County's 3-2 win Stuart Kettlewell now believes the Highland side are proving they belong in Scottish football's top flight.
Goals from Kettlewell, Iain Vigurs and Colin McMenamin gave County their first win of the season and stop a six game winless streak, lifting the Staggies away from the danger are at the bottom of the league.
County midfielder Kettlewell, who has now scored in every division in Scotland, was delighted with the spirit his team-mates showed against an in-form Hibs side.
He said: "The boys are over the moon with the victory and the manner of the win. We were a wee bit disappointed with the goals we lost, but we were really positive in the first half.
"We had to soak up a bit of pressure in the second half but we managed to get the sucker punch goal and it was a fantastic result for us."
Kettlewell also spoke of the belief the players had of bouncing back from three straight defeats.
"We went a goal down but I thought we were the better side and came right back into it and created a lot of chances.
"It showed the character we have in the dressing room after a few hard results in recent weeks.
"We have done well to bounce back. We spoke about it beforehand and said we didn't want to keep losing games, especially on the back of a 40-match unbeaten run.
"People were looking to see how we would react after losing a few but we showed great character and answered a few questions out there.
"We have confidence we can move ourselves up the league. We don't want to be looking below us and this is a step in the right direction.
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