David Weir took the positives from Friday's 1-1 draw with Crawley Town at Bramall Lane.
Marlon King netted his first goal for United, as the Blades bounced back to end a run of six consecutive defeats after Jamie Proctor had headed the visitors into a first-half lead.
Weir acknowledged the first-half display wasn't good enough, but was encouraged with the response that in the end yielded a much deserved point.
The manager remarked: "The players answered a lot of questions in the second-half because we were poor in the opening 45 minutes, we didn't turn up and conceded a poor goal.
"We had a frank discussion at half-time and a lot of questions were asked, the players were honest and it could have gone one of two ways.
"We could have gone under and lost the game or come out and take up the challenge, thankfully we responded positively and that pleased me.
"It is a tough place to play when things are going against you, on the back of six defeats and the senior boys led the way.
"It was a big night for us and we stood up to the fight. We showed we have a tremendous application and work-rate within the group and that bodes well for the future.
"Out attitude was first-class and that will be a vital ingredient to our success moving on."
Weir added: "We had to question the first-half display, but we answered those questions positively. We all want the same thing for this club and we are always open and honest in the dressing room.
"We had to change the dynamics of the side to get back into the game, we adapted to find a way back into the contest and our flexibility was crucial to the second-half performance.
"There were a lot of shouts for decisions which didn't go our way and Tony (McMahon) deserved to see his shot bounce off the post into the net, but we never gave in.
"We scored a great goal, it was excellently worked and Marlon (King) demonstrated he is a natural goalscorer in and around the box.
"This needs to be a platform to kick on, we have got rid of the losing mentality and that pleases me, we wanted all three points but this results gets us moving in the right direction."