Richardson – who has not ruled himself out of taking the manager's job permanently – took charge on Thursday following Mills’ sacking and led County to a comprehensive 3-0 victory over 10-men Shrewsbury Town.
Speaking in very high esteem indeed of his team, Richardson told the Nottingham Evening Post: "The lads were superb throughout and their work-rate was simply in a different class. Every one of them played with so much effort and commitment it was hard to believe at times."
"Bolland covered every blade of grass on the pitch and thoroughly deserved his goal while Hurst is on fire at the moment and stuck away the only chance he got in the game."
"As for Chris Palmer we were all shouting for him to pass it on the bench and then he goes and rifles a blistering shot into the top corner."
The defeat of the fellow strugglers, amid an atmosphere that has seldom been seen at Meadow Lane this season, could well mark the beginning of exciting times at Meadow Lane, with optimism rife once more amongst fans.
On a different note entirely, Andy Legg has been confirmed to have opened talks with the Magpies board regarding the vacant managers post.
The 38-year-old made over 100 starts for the club during his time here and has been backed by his boss Barry Fry to apply.