John Askey says he was delighted to see his side pick up three points in a huge top of the table clash at the Moss Rose on Saturday.
The Silkmen battled with Sutton, who were only three points behind them, and came out victorious thanks to a Danny Whitaker penalty.
He said: “Every game is important now. The league won’t be decided on one game, but when you beat a team who are only three points behind you it’s an important win as it keeps them down and keeps us going.
“Six points clear going into the new year, we couldn’t ask for anything better.”
The boss was full of praise for his players and the fans, who all came together to hold out for the win following Shwan Jalal’s red card.
“You can’t question the character of this squad. We’ve seen it throughout the season already, and hopefully that will continue until the end of the season and we’ll just see what happens.
“When you have a sending off like that it galvanises you even more. It gets the crowd going and adds a bit of excitement to the game, got everybody behind us and fortunately the players responded.
Askey finished by expressing his hope to see promotion this coming year, thanking the fans for sticking with the team, but remaining apprehensive with 19 league games still to come.
He added: “We’re all hoping! It’s great to hear everybody behind us. We’ll hopefully keep winning and hopefully more and more people will keep coming, as has happened in the past. We all know that it can change though, so we’ll just see where we’re at for the Halifax game now.”
By Adam Washbrook