Steve Cotterill chatted to the media after Shrewsbury secured a fifth successive win in the league for the first time since 2015.
A goal from substitute Ryan Bowman in the 74th minute saw Town continue their outstanding form at the Kassam Stadium.
It means our last four goals have all come from substitutes with Tom Bayliss netting a late winner at MK Dons and Rekeil Pyke and Ryan Bowman scoring in stoppage time to topple Forest Green Rovers.
Town defended impressively in Oxfordshire with Marko Marosi and Chey Dunkley, in particular, catching the eye.
And Steve was delighted with the character his team showed to earn all three points - with the boss believing the game was a statement of how far they have come under his tenure.
ON THE GAME:
"I'm pleased with the three points. I think we could've played better today. I think they're a very good team as I said in the build-up to the game. They are a good team.
"[Oxford] changed things around a little bit. They were fresher today than I thought they were going to be. They freshened up a few positions and they were always a threat in the game.
"We worked a lot on their long throws and their corners because we knew that was going to be really key today.
"I thought how the lads defended those long throws was excellent. I thought they were a real threat.
"They caused Barnsley trouble the other night with those long throws and when Elliott Moore comes up in the box, he's a big unit.
"It's hard to stop him when he hides behind someone, comes in, gets the flick, and then on the back of that you've got (Sam) Long coming in, (Ciaron) Brown is very good in the air - they're really difficult situations.
"When you're defending that area you can't make any mistakes. You've got to get to every second ball, get it out of your box and get rid of that moment.
"We've done a fair bit of work on that in the build-up and thankfully that paid off today."
ON MARKO MAROSI:
"He hasn't been called upon a lot to keep clean sheets. It's normally been the back three that have probably protected him. But he was called upon a couple of times today and I thought he made important saves at important times."
ON CHEY DUNKLEY:
"Chey Dunkley, I thought he was magnificent today.
"He made one mistake and had he had long studs in it (the ball) probably wouldn't have snuck under his boot. That one sneaks under his boot and Marko makes a great save at an important time."
ON TOM BLOXHAM AND RYAN BOWMAN:
"As we've said before, there are key moments in games.
"Tom Bloxham's effort, he doesn't always understand out-of-possession Tom, so it can be a bit of a risk.
"I just felt we needed something a little bit different today. I nearly, nearly, made the changes at half-time but I thought I'd give the lads a few more moments out there.
"It was a great effort from Tom. Ryan's goal was a great goal - I'm really pleased for him. We're delighted with the three points and with the clean sheet."
ON OUR PROGRESS SINCE STEVE TOOK OVER:
"Their budget will dwarf ours. It will dwarf it. We will be nowhere near it in terms of money so I think that’s a great achievement for our boys to compete with the squad Oxford have got because our budget won't even be half of Oxford's.
"We are delighted with the win but are very realistic and very humble with it as well."
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