Interim manager Kevin Nicholson has praised the togetherness of the squad following a 2-1 win over Southampton under-21s in the Papa Johns Trophy group stage.
Matt Jay and Kegs Chauke's goals secured the victory as City came from behind to take the chance of qualification in the competition down to the final fixture away at Forest Green Rovers.
“I think it has been a crazy 48 hours, something that happens in football, but doesn’t happen at Exeter," he said.
"I think for any football club to lose a set of staff, such as Matt Taylor, Dan Green and Wayne Carlisle in such a short space of time - they are good, proper honourable men - and they’ve got good values and they’ve bought an incredible amount of success to this club”
"For us it was about ignoring the noise today and going to play football, go and try and lift the spirits of the guys that are here.
"After a shaky first ten minutes the lads calmed down and put together a good performance to get the win.
"Staff, board, players, everybody, they've rallied round and done their bit. It's about the football club coming together to continue what they've done for years now."
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