When the boss took over at the helm a month ago, the Cherries had won just two in their opening 12 League 1 fixtures, and were languishing at the bottom end of the table.
However since Howe and his assistant Jason Tindall have returned, performances and results have improved drastically, and yesterday’s resilient victory in Yorkshire was just another example of how far the side have come. But Howe is looking to the future and claims they now have to keep this going.
“We don’t want this run to end,” Howe told afcb.co.uk. “That is key for us because we have momentum and we want to keep winning.
“We are delighted with the start, but that’s all it is and we have plenty of games to go. It’s a very long season and we know there will be peaks and troughs.
“It is good at the moment, but when we have a trough, we have to be strong mentally, but we are pleased with the start.”
The boss was also keen to praise the manner of the Cherries victory, as, in a similar fashion to Tuesday, the side had to grind out the result.
“It wasn’t free-flowing from us, but you look back at the last two games and we have played all the attacking football. We were the team in the ascendency in these games, but at Doncaster, we had to show a different side to us.
“We were excellent for the first 20 minutes and in control before Doncaster got back in to it. They had a lot of possession in the second half, but never hurt us.
“That really pleases me because defensively we have been questioned in the past, but the lads stood up really well to the test.”
343 vocal supporters made the trip from the south coast and the manager was, as always, quick to praise them after the game.
“Our supporters were excellent throughout. It is such a long way from Bournemouth and once again good numbers turned up.
“Everyone puts in so much effort to get to the games and the support they give is magnificent. It was top class and we were delighted to repay them with a win.”