Paul Gallagher felt Tuesday's win at Hartlepool United was reward for the sheer graft the Blades demonstrated at Victoria Park.
United overcame a stern home rearguard and battled the elements in the North-East to register a fourth victory of the season and extend the unbeaten start to ten matches.
"Hartlepool haven't had the best of starts and we knew they would be desperate to win in front of their own supporters," said the loan forward.
"We had to give them the respect they deserved and the weather made conditions difficult. The lads stuck in and, in my opinion, we just about deserved the three points.
"We were dogged and had to defend properly from set-plays, in particular, but this group always gives everything and we showed a real determination. It was backs to the wall and I know from Leicester what Stevie (Howard) is capable of and he scored with a good header."
On netting the late winner, Gallagher added: "After the equaliser we could have got overran but we showed good character to get back on the front foot and snatch the winner.
"I have been desperate to get on the scoresheet, but it isn't about me achieving personal targets, it is about the team winning and thankfully we achieved that."