Tom Moores credited the character of the Outlaws’ attack with kick-starting the fightback which saw their game at Lancashire end in a tie.
The left-hander sparkled with the bat, hitting 48 as the visitors posted 172 from their 20 overs, before having the best seat in the house as Notts’ bowlers began to wrestle back momentum in the second half of Lancashire’s run-chase.
Keaton Jennings’ scampered single, and subsequent run-out, from the final ball meant Notts secured their second tie in this season’s Vitality Blast.
“It still hurts to tie the game, just as it did when we tied the game at Worcester the other week,” Moores admitted.
“We felt that 172 was probably a little better than par, considering the size of the boundaries and the fact that we were playing on a used wicket.
“We knew they were going to use a lot of spin, and that we’d need to run well between the wickets, so we felt well-prepared for the game.
“But the margins in T20 are so fine. The odd ball here and there can change things completely and then the game ends up closer than you might have thought.
“Finn (Allen) and Keats played so creatively and made such a fast start, but I thought we did well to fight back with the ball. I’m sure it was great to watch for the neutral too.”
Moores’ 48 came at a brisk pace, with the wicketkeeper-batsman taking 40 deliveries to move to the brink of a half-century.
Even so, it was an uncharacteristic knock for an individual more used to peppering the boundary with impunity.
“It was one of my more low-key T20 knocks really!” he said.
“I think I only hit one or two boundaries out there, but I just tried to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
“I really like batting with Ben (Duckett) as well – we’ve put on some good partnerships before, our styles dovetail really nicely, and I think we worked well again today in putting on fifty together.”
Moores’ exploits with the bat this season have taken him past Michael Lumb into ninth place on the list of the Outlaws’ leading T20 run-scorers.
But it is short-term goals which drive the 24-year-old on most.
“It’s always nice to move up those kinds of lists, and move past players of the calibre of Lumby, but that’s not what drives me on really,” he said.
“I just want to contribute as much as I can in every game I play for Notts, and try and make big contributions.”
The result leaves Notts with three wins and two ties from their opening six games in this season’s competition.
And, with a number of players making game-defining contributions in recent weeks, Moores feels there is much reason to be cheerful.
“A lot of our players are standing up at different times,” he said.
“You’ve got the likes of Samit (Patel), who loves the contest and always wants to make the key contribution, then there’s someone like Calvin (Harrison), who’s been so impressive for someone at such an early stage of his career.
“He’s so cool and confident, and knows his job well – it’s like he’s played 50 games rather then three or four.
“I don’t think we’ve hit our straps yet, there are still plenty of things that we can work on, but I think we can be confident looking ahead to the rest of the group stages.”