The Gulls upped the heat on in-active leaders Woking after winning 2-0 at Dulwich Hamlet on an afternoon where other results went for them.
Shaun MacDonald was in inspired form at the start of the second half to snuff out the Hamlet attack and the manager knows they were crucial moments.
Torquay then went on to score twice thanks through Jamie Reid and Saikou Janneh in south London.
But although the Gulls are freescoring since he took over, Johnson says credit is due at the other end.
“This was a really big game in our season - everyone knows Dulwich are a club on the up and we had to be on our game.
“They had a spell in the second half where they threw everything at us. Shaun has pulled off some great saves and if it wasn’t for him things could have been different.
“It could have gone either way but thankfully he kept their chances out and we took ours at the other end.”
Johnson still isn’t looking at the table - even though his club are within touching distance of the top.
“I would say I was half-pleased by our performance,” he added. “But I wasn’t half-pleased with the result, it’s a big one.
‘We’re not too focused on anything else going on but it’s been a good day for us.”