Jo Kuffour was battling with defenders as well as being under the weather during Saturday’s win over Torquay United.
“I thought there was a lack of energy in the first half – I asked for it in the second half and I got it.
He said: “It’s been two tough games this week and keeping the same team was a good thing in hindsight, but we were quite flat in the first half.
The victory was the Wanderers’ second in four days on home soil after seeing off Bristol City 2-1 in the JPT on Tuesday.
“Junior Morias was on the bench and Jo Kuffour actually played with an illness today. He wasn’t 100%. I think the energy levels are down a bit because of that as well.”
Ainsworth said: “I lost four players this (Saturday) morning who called in sick. Gary Doherty, Matt McClure, Stevie Craig – big players.
Not only did Kuffour play, the striker scored and helped the Blues to back-to-back victories courtesy to a 3-2 triumph.
“I said at half-time, ‘Where’s the energy, where’s the Wycombe I’ve created since I took over?’ One thing we have is legs, desire and passion. If all else is failing we’ve always had that.
“We seemed to be relying too much on our football and thinking we can play our way through any team. No chance, you have to have the passion. The way we kicked off in the second half was exactly what I asked for.”
He added: “I do think it was a deserved win. I think we could have had a couple more at the end. I don’t think they troubled us too much in the second half and I was pleased with the way we saw the game out.
“It’s character building and we’ve proved with the odds against we can still do it. It’s great for the season coming now.”