SKIPPER Joss Labadie says it is vital Newport County AFC kick on from their first league win in eight attempts if they want to sustain a play-off push.

Labadie returned for Saturday’s 2-0 win at Yeovil Town after missing the draws with Port Vale and Forest Green Rovers through suspension.

The Exiles are now just five points adrift of Lincoln City, the side in the last play-off place, and all-action midfielder Labadie is eager to build momentum for the run-in.

“It’s good to be back out there but the most important thing was the three points and we were lucky enough to get them.

“I think we started a bit slowly but once we got to grips with the game we were the better team in the second half, created a lot more chances than them and deserved it.

“The most important thing was to get back on the winning trail and hopefully we can now string a few results together and get in the play-offs.”

He added: “It was good for our confidence and now we need to kick on and keep the momentum going for the run-in.

“We need to keep doing the basics that have got us in this position in the league.

“We’ll all keep fighting for each other, give 100 per cent and keep scoring the goals.”

Labadie picked up another booking at Huish Park but felt it was “a bit harsh”, while he admitted he wasn’t quite back to full match sharpness.

“I thought I was alright,” he said. “I’ve had better games.

“It was tiring towards the end because with the suspension I’ve obviously been out for a few matches.

“But I’ll be up to speed next week and look to kick on.

“I think the yellow card was a bit harsh but it seems to be a common theme.

“I’ll just get on with it and keep doing what I do.”

Josh Sheehan and Paul Hayes were County’s two goal heroes in Somerset, and the captain gave his take on the latter’s current form which has seen him score four times in two fixtures.

“He’s been quality,” he said. “He scored three last week and one on Saturday.

“He’s a natural striker, he’s had a great career and he’s the ultimate professional.

“You can see his quality with his touches and he’s getting his rewards with the goals, and it’s what he deserves.”

Luton Town are up next for County at Rodney Parade and Labadie added: “They’re a great side and up at the top for a reason, but we’ll look forward to the challenge and hopefully get a winning run together.”