Preston manager Graham Westley was not overly impressed despite watching his side win 2-1 at Bury.
North End prevailed thanks to a goal in each half from Akpo Sodje and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff and are now unbeaten in five games. Joe Skarz netted a late consolation for Bury, but Preston deservedly hung on for another precious three points.
Yet despite the result, Westley admitted is team still have plenty to improve upon. He said: "Of course I'm pleased to have emerged with the points, but I'm disappointed with the overall performance.
"We've got a lot of new players in the team and I'm still trying to work out some of our best combinations, so it will take more time to get things totally right. We've won and secured another very important three points, but I'm under no illusions. We have to be better than that.
"Thankfully we've got a full week off this week. So far it's been Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday, but we've a free week this week and that's ideal because it'll give us the chance to work on a number of things. There's plenty for me to ponder as we try and get things right."
It proved to be a very frustrating day for Bury's caretaker manager Peter Shirtliff, whose chances of landing the job permanently will not have been helped by a run of just two points from five league games since he took over following Richie Barker's eve-of-season departure.
He said: "You just can't concede two set plays like that and expect to take anything from the game.
"We've just not been good enough, and I include one or two more senior players in that. We've conceded poor goals and schoolboy defending has cost us dearly.
"If I'm still at this club by next weekend there will certainly be changes. Too many players haven't been up to the task and the fans will need to see a reaction.
"They are all tough games in this division, but I've just been so disappointed with the way we've defended. The players know they have to do much better than that. It's not as though it's something we haven't discussed before the game."