He watched his team come from behind to leave second place Bromley with another three points on Saturday.
The Pools are up to 11th after a third win in four matches saw them all-but banish any lingering doubts about staying in the division.
Phillips’ team have taken 12 points from a possible 18 and suddenly his team are only potentially two wins from the top seven but refuses to let anyone get carried away with less than three months to go.
“Since I have come through the door, I have seen the side grow in confidence game-by-game. We’re gradually getting better,” he said after the success in south east London.
“It’s a hell of a result and the players worked really hard for it. We knew how difficult this would be - Bromley are second in the table and they’re second for a reason, they’re such a strong side.
“We knew it would be a massive challenge but we stood up to it, even after they scored their goal. We didn’t stop believing in ourselves. We had a game plan and every player played their part, they all did their job.”
Next up it is struggling Woking live on TNT Sports before home games with Boreham Wood and Altrincham.
Phillips went on: “We’ve still got a lot of hard work to do, but we’re showing the right characteristics. To a man they were excellent.
“When you’re brought into a club languishing in the bottom half, things need to change. We’re trying to get the standards right off the pitch and we’ve set the bar high but it’s back to work on Monday.”
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