Caretaker boss Rob Kelly has stressed Barrow have to focus on maintaining their Football League status.

Kelly kicked off his second stint as interim boss with a dramatic last-minute winner courtesy of star striker Scott Quigley against Oldham on Tuesday night.

The caretaker chief bridged the gap between David Dunn and Michael Jolley and has once again been entrusted with the reigns after Jolley’s shock departure at the weekend.

He got the battling Bluebirds back to winning ways at the first time of asking after a painful spell of four straight defeats.

And this welcome win propelled Barrow out of the dreaded trapdoor back to non-league football.

“Nothing beats a last-minute 1-0 win does it,” he said. “I’m pleased for everyone because it’s been a difficult period for us really.

Christmas, New Year and everything that’s gone on, but we have to look forward now.

“I spoke to them on Monday when they came in and when you’re in a relegation dogfight, which we are, you have to show resilience and character.

“I thought we showed that and we played some good stuff as well, particularly in the first half.

“All that matters is staying up. We’ve only got one agenda, the players, the staff, the board, the fans who I know are watching; they tell me there are big numbers watching on iFollow.

“There’s only one agenda, let’s get to May and be a Football League club.

“Then we can look ahead after that.”

And Kelly was delighted with the character his side displayed to get the job done against Harry Kewell’s Oldham, who have improved throughout the season.

“Credit to Oldham, they made it difficult, they chopped and changed to try and get a foothold in the game and give us problems,” he added.

“But as I say we showed a lot of character. We had to change the team five minutes before we kicked off with Josh [Kay] unfortunately having a problem with his hamstring in the warm up.

“Everybody showed great character, it was really highlighted among the players.

"I thought we played well.

“I think Harry’s done a really good job at Oldham, I have to say that. We played them earlier on in the season and they beat us.

“They’re a really good footballing team and I think he’s moved them on.

“He’s definitely given them an identity. I watched them play Forest Green and Tranmere and they played really well.

“So to come here and get the result we’re obviously delighted.”

And Kelly has already turned his attention to Saturday’s trip to play-off chasing Bolton.

He said: “I’m just going to take the result and dust ourselves off and get ready for Saturday.

“It’s important the players enjoy the win because as I say there’s been a lot of change.

“In football terms it’s been a difficult time. I’ll let them enjoy tonight and they can even have tomorrow off.

“Then we’ll get going Thursday because there are a lot of games coming up.”