Broadbridge Heath got back to winning ways with a 2-1 away success at Arundel, a victory that sees the Bears move up to sixth place in the division.
Heath had to make three changes to the back-four due to injuries and unavailability, with Martyn Flack making his first appearance of the season, partnering Dan Attwater at centre-back in his first start since October 4.
A Jake Holmes brace saw the visitors hit back from 1-0 down to record victory leading to Painter saluting his side’s character.
He said: “The AFC Uckfield defeat was a disappointing one, not so much the Shoreham game as they are a good side, but to bounce back from AFC Uckfield was important.
“Marlon Maxwell, Stuart Chester and Joe Holvey were all missing, so three of our back-four, but we managed to bring Martyn and Dan back in, so they are not bad players to bring back in, despite not having played in a while.
“We showed real character and I am really pleased with the result as they are a side that will start picking up points now.”
Holmes headed over early on, but for the next 20 minutes the home-side created the better chances with Asa Nicholson denied by a clearance off the line.
In the 18th minute, Harry Russell drilled a low right-foot shot under Michael Chester from 20 yards into the far corner. A few minutes later Russell had a great chance to make it 2-0 but this time he shot straight at Chester.
Heath gradually got into the game and on 26 minutes, Shaun Findlay’s lobbed effort was pushed over by James Fernandes. Ollie Moore came close with a shot that went inches wide and Holmes had an effort cleared of the line.
In the final minute of the half the pressure finally paid off when Rod Godfrey played a through ball into the path of Ollie Moore who set-up Holmes to hammer home.
Midway through the second period, a Dan Sandell free kick was handled by an Arundel player and Holmes stepped up to convert the penalty for his 20th league goal of the season.
Late on, Arundel’s Cian Tilley’s shot was saved brilliantly by Michael Chester, who then blocked the follow up.
Heath: M.Chester, Godfrey, Robinson, Attwater, Flack, Sandell, Findlay Moore, Sultan (Martin 60), Holmes (Clark 80), Weller (Nash 85).