STEVE Soley says the spirit of Canal Street lived on as the Linnets staged a storming finish against Stafford Rangers to grab a precious point.
One of their most traditional rivals were the first team to visit Runcorn since they left Halton Stadium for Prescot Cables, which will be home for the rest of the season at least.
And boss Soley believes the setting of Valerie Park, as an authentic non-league venue, gave everyone a lift on Monday as the Linnets twice came back from the dead.
'That was back to the old days - like it used to be at Canal Street,' said Soley, who saw his side wipe out a 2-0 deficit and then hit back for a 3-3 draw after conceding again with seven minutes left.
'It was not the best result but the best day I have had in charge because everyone was together - the players, the fans and all the backroom staff.
'It was great to have fans all around the ground. They were just brilliant - I have never heard them like that. They were able to get at Stafford's players and they didn't like it.'
A 25-yard wonder strike in the dying seconds from Mike Jack earned Runcorn a result which lifted them back out of the relegation places - Friday's 1-0 defeat at Stalybridge having deposited the Linnets into the drop zone for the first time this term.
Soley admitted: 'Mike's goal was a fairytale ending despite it only earning us a point. It was one which lifted us out the bottom three.
'He deserved the goal. He has taken some flak because people think we have got rid of better players.
'But I thought he was the best player on the park at Stalybridge.
'I didn't think he had such a great game on Monday but he kept plugging away and that's what he gives you - Lee Parle does the same.
'Lee is back in the centre of the park, which helps. That has been our weakness but we have strengthened there now and look a better team for it.
'Stafford were a strong side and they out-muscled us in the first half. They didn't allow us to play but I think they have the best goals against record in the league.
'I watched them warm up and you could tell they were up for it. But I think we got what we deserved as in the second half, we were terrific.
'I had a word with the lads at half-time and posed the question. I think they answered it 10-fold.
'In the end, our lads battered them and when you do that to a team who are big and strong, it shows you have a side which can compete.
'That is what we have been trying to get and if you can get that with a bit of quality, like we have, it shows you're going the right way.'