The 'fight, steel and effort' displayed by United's players in the second half of Sunday's encounter enabled interim boss Chris Morgan to be positive.
With stalwart Morgan taking control of team affairs after David Weir's departure on Friday evening, the Blades suffered a 3-2 defeat to Coventry in a televised fixture but Lyle Taylor's second half goals and an improved display gave Unitedites a degree of optimism.
After the game, Morgan commented: "There were lots of positives from the last half hour and I've said that to the lads in the dressing room. At 3-0 down and with the position we are in in the league, people would have expected us to go under but we showed fight, steel and effort.
"We shook ourselves and made a game of it and, with a bit of composure, could have had a couple more. The recovery showed that within this group we have some spirit.
"We haven't got time to feel sorry for ourselves, we have to build on the second half performance and although it will not be easy, we'll turn it around."
Skipper Michael Doyle added: "It was a bit too late but we showed character, we could have got a draw. It is hard at the moment and people are frustrated but we have to pick ourselves up and start grinding out results."