Nigel Adkins heaped praise on his players following Sunday's 1-0 victory over high-flying Coventry City at Bramall Lane.
Substitute Billy Sharp scored the only goal of the game late on to snatch all three points for United, who produced an excellent team performance to end the Sky Blues long unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One.
Reflecting on the success, Adkins remarked: "We played a very good Coventry City side and overall we did very well to nullify a lot of their threats.
"It was a spirited, disciplined and committed display from a group of players who give it a real go for each other.
"Sometimes you need fortune to win football matches, we haven't had it much this season, but of late things have turned.
"We defended very well and were always in the game, then Billy Sharp comes off the bench and scores the winning goal from a set-piece."
The Gaffer was also delighted to end a tough week for the Club, following the deaths of Alan Hodgkinson and Martyn Harrison, on a high.
He added: "We take the three points and the clean sheet and look to build and if we continue to show that grit and resilience then we'll continue to move up the league.
"It was a poignant day following the passing of two Club legends, but maybe they were both shinning down on us."