Top scorer Bradley Wells is the best centre-forward in the league, according to Spalding United boss Dave Frecklington.
A close-range strike in first-half stoppage-time took his tally to 12 goals so far this season in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South.
Ten minutes earlier Wells won the penalty which Jenk Acar put into the bottom corner for the on-loan Lincoln City youngster’s fourth goal in three away games.
Although Wells and his team-mates wasted chances to extend the lead at 10-man Romulus, the 2-1 victory on Saturday was enough to put the Tulips within touching distance of leaders Shaw Lane.
Frecklington said: “We totally dominated the game from start to finish.
“Coming away from home, you expect the home side to have a right go.
He’s a player who we have to build the team around because he’s the best number nine in our leagueDave Frecklington
“They were better with 10 men but we keep letting teams off the hook.
“We missed chance after chance after chance. We stopped making the right decisions, we got sloppy and we couldn’t hit the target.
“We slowed the game down, our passing wasn’t crisp and we were losing first and second balls.
“Romulus got a goal but we kept missing chances.
“After the game, I had a go at the players in the changing room.
“They set high standards last week at Sheffield and, although we’ve done enough to win again, the performance wasn’t great today.
“I thought Wells was right back to his best. I was never concerned when he wasn’t scoring.
“He’s a player who we have to build the team around because he’s the best number nine in our league.
“In a few games even when he wasn’t scoring, his all-round play was excellent.
“From the start on Saturday, he showed work-rate and desire so he deserved the goal.
“We’ve got other players who can score from outside the box, although some might think they can score from 30 yards every time.
“Acar also draws defenders in and he has been really good in the last two games.
“The pleasing thing for me on Saturday was seeing how much it meant to everybody on the bench.
“We had Neal Spafford and Brad Barraclough who are both injured but they were in the dugout with the substitutes and management team.
“I’ve never had a tight-knit group like this before and that’s saying something after what we put together at Lincoln United. We are really focused on doing well.
“Two away wins are huge after back-to-back defeats so we’ll enjoy this and then look forward to a big game on Tuesday night at home to AFC Rushden & Diamonds.”