Both bosses had opposing reviews of their players’ attitudes after Crusaders ended a long wait for North Belfast Derby success at Solitude.
Second half goals from Paul Heatley and Jordan Owens earned the Hatchetmen a first win at the home of their rivals for four years, extending their unbeaten run to 10 matches following an unconvincing start to the season.
Cliftonville, meanwhile, had goalkeeper Conor Devlin dismissed for violent conduct and saw their own dismal run of form continue with just one point on the board from their last three Premiership outings.
Baxter has been delighted with the reaction of his players after slip-ups against Ballinamallard and Ballymena, while Breslin has called for a drastic improvement.
“I don’t think we’ve actually done too much differently from those opening couple of games, things have just come together for us,” said Baxter.
“We played well against both Ballinamallard and Ballymena and could have won each match five or six but we didn’t take our chances and got punished for it.
“I was never going to get in a panic because I was encouraged by how we were performing and how we were doing in training, so it was only a matter of time before things worked out.
“Here we are 10 unbeaten games later and we’ve lifted ourselves back up into the mix. We had four draws in there which perhaps meant we went a little bit un-noticed, but we’re right up there again now and confident that we can maintain things to a high standard.”
The opening goal came on the hour-mark when Heatley drove at the heart of Cliftonville’s defence and breezed a path past Caldwell and Jaimie McGovern before confidently tucking the ball beyond Devlin.
Virtually from the re-start, Declan Caddell’s cross was nodded home by Owens and, if that was game and set, the match went to the Crues when referee Raymond Crangle sent Devlin off following his reaction to being fouled by Caddell as the duo awaited a 74th minute corner delivery.
“I didn’t see too much of the incident, it just looked like pushing and shoving to me,” said Breslin.
“It’s the sort of thing you see at corners all the time and I was surprised to see the card come out, to be honest.”
The Cliftonville boss – whose side didn’t muster a single shot on target all afternoon – acknowleged Crusaders were deserving victors but was critical of his own players following a lifeless display.
“I think our attitude is wrong at the minute,” he admitted.
“I wouldn’t call it arrogance as such, but maybe there’s an undue sense of entitlement there. We aren’t working hard enough and it’s not just one or two people, it’s something that’s spread all over.
“Whatever it is, it’s not acceptable but we’ve had a long chat about it and it’s something we know we need to fix very quickly.”