AFC Wimbledon boss Terry Brown believes the absence of Daniel Webb helped his side deliver its most eye catching performance of the season.
Webb injured his ankle ahead of Tuesday's 2-1 win over Margate forcing Brown to start with loan pair Romone Rose and Luis Cumbers up front.
The youngsters ran the visitors ragged according to Brown, featuring in a succession of intricate moves up front.
The Kingsmeadow boss, who was delighted with a swift return to winning ways, is still hunting a midfield playmaker to unlock their talents.
But he is desperate to pair them up front again providing QPR and Gillingham are happy for them to stay.
"A win wouldn't have been enough for us against Margate. We needed a performance. It was the best performance of the year for me," he said.
"We got it down and passed it, and it was the first time I have felt comfortable with our style of play.
"The front two forced us to get it down and play. We didn't have Daniel Webb, so we couldn't hit long balls.
"They are very, very talented young boys and it is a case of keeping hold of them now.
"If you look at the way QPR are set up financially, they can go out and get the best of whatever they want. I think we'll be okay with Rosey.
"I'm hoping Gillingham win games without picking up injuries so we can keep hold of Luis. I've wanted him since I saw him at Maidstone earlier in the season. I think he is a quality boy."
The Dons display seemed suited to a higher level as skipper Jason Goodliffe's goal clinched a dramatic last gasp win.
But Brown believes he will need ball players of Cumbers and Rose's ilk should his side make the step up to Blue Square South next season, while at the same time wanting more from his wide men.
"Our style would suit a higher level but I definitely think I'd need to get more footballers in," he added.
"Tony Finn and Steve Ferguson are virtually identical in that you often see them produce a great bit of play and then mess up the final pass.
"That is why we are here."