STUART McCall says a determined belief across the club is behind a remarkable run after City bounced back yet again to topple leaders Shrewsbury.

After defeat in midweek to Scunthorpe, the Bantams got back to winning ways with a 1-0 victory to inflict the first home defeat on the Shrews since April.

It continues an impressive sequence of results which has seen City go 89 league games without suffering back-to-back losses.

That puts them top of a list across the domestic game, with Liverpool holding the next best record on 84 ahead of Hibernian (59) and Luton (58).

The run, which stretches back to when Phil Parkinson was at the helm, means McCall has yet to suffer consecutive league losses in his second spell in charge at City.

He said: "It is down to belief in each other as a squad and as a staff and everyone at the club. I know there is a determination in the group.

"It is credit to the players. There was great character shown by them on Saturday."

An own goal from Toto Nsiala early in the second half after a smart City counter-attack was enough for McCall's men to end a second unbeaten home run in eight days, having previously won at Wigan, who now lead the table.

Their seventh away win – the most in League One – was thanks to a backs-to-the-wall display against a Shrewsbury side who held the upper hand for much of the match.

McCall said: "There are always different ways to win games.

"At Wigan we were terrific. On Saturday, it was more dogged, resilient, hard-working, about doing your jobs and doing the dirty stuff, so I'm absolutely delighted with the win.

"They are probably the two toughest places to go on the form and the records they have and it was great to send the travelling fans home happy.

"But it is a tough league this and there are a lot of good sides in it, so we'll just keep motoring away and believing in each other and doing the best we can."

McCall praised stand-out performer Alex Gilliead, whose cross was diverted into the net by Nsiala.

The Bantams boss said: "I thought he put some great balls in during the first half. We couldn't get balls in to Charlie (Wyke) with them playing the 'screener' in front of the defence.

"So we had to go in the wide areas and get balls in behind them and the goal is terrific, although there was a bit of a fortuitous element.

"Gilly tried to claim it but I don't think he'll get it, though he has done really well for us."

McCall was delighted to keep a clean sheet, which came thanks to some dogged defending – particularly right at the death, when some heroic blocks kept out what looked a certain Shrewsbury equaliser.

"It was a real defensive scramble and that's what you have got to do," said McCall.

"It was like Scunthorpe against us the other night. If you fill the holes and try to put your head on things and stop crosses and block shots and be brave, you get your rewards and thankfully we got that."

The shut-out also provided stand-in goalkeeper Rouven Sattelmaier with a confidence boost after letting in a soft free-kick in midweek against the Iron.

The German is in line for a sustained spell between the sticks while number one Colin Doyle recovers from a knee ligament injury and he played a key role in the rearguard action.

McCall said: "We win and lose as a team but it was fantastic for Rouven to keep a clean sheet.

"He had a quiet first half, apart from one little save he had to make as we defended well.

"Then in the second half under pressure he has made two really good saves to keep a clean sheet and you can't ask for any more from a keeper. There was a strong defensive performance in front of him as well."