ALVIN McDonald said no-one can question the character of his team - after their victory over the club he led into the limelight.
Ex-Vauxhall boss McDonald saw the Linnets overcome the odds on their debut in the Conference's new Carthium Cup to deliver the first victory of his Runcorn managerial reign.
They fell behind in the third minute, lost skipper Steve Carragher to injury early on and held on for more than a quarter of an hour with 10 men.
Lee Kissock was carried off in the 88th-minute after Runcorn had used all three subs.
Fifteen minutes were then added on because of an earlier injury which had forced a change of referee.
Peter Cumiskey fastened onto a sublime backheel by Karl O'Don-nell to steer Vauxhall ahead but Runcorn deservedly equalised on 49 minutes.
Lee Parle released Nicky Young who drew the keeper before squaring for Kissock, another former Motorman, to level.
Sub Martin Molyneux stroked home his first Runcorn goal for their 78th minute winner.
RUNCORN: McMillan, Carragher (Ellis 28), McGinn, Moore, Robertson, Ness, Garrity, Parle, Young (Molyneux 78), Kissock, Courtney (Durkan 64). Subs: Nolan, Wright.