Match-winner Conor Coady believed United deserved Tuesday evening's success at Crawley Town - despite a slow start.
United's loan midfielder scored both the goals that secured victory and took Nigel Clough's side beyond the coveted 50-point mark.
"We were off the pace at the start but we dug in," said Coady. "After the goal we did a lot better and in the end I thought we deserved the win.
"It was important how we responded after a defeat at the weekend and it is great to get back to winning ways."
Of his goals, Coady added: "The Gaffer has been telling me to get in the box and it has paid off. I've thanked Jamie (Murphy) in the dressing room, he has produced two fantastic crosses and I appreciate it.
"It was brilliant wing play, it is great to have someone like him in your team, defenders can't cope with him and it is fantastic to be an attacking midfielder or striker in a team with him around, you cannot fail to benefit."