Nigel Clough felt his side were good value for Saturday's deserved success over Preston North End at Bramall Lane.
Marc McNulty opened the scoring, with his tenth of the season, before Jamal Campbell-Ryce scored what proved to be a decisive second with 20 minutes remaining, meaning Josh Brownhil's free-kick for the Lilywhites in stoppage time proved to be nothing more than a consolation.
On the much needed three points, which keep United sixth in the table, the Gaffer remarked:
"It was a very good performance, we put so much effort and desire into the game, against a very good Preston side.
"Most teams would crumble going 2-0 down at Bramall Lane, but Preston upped their game and pushed us all the way in the end.
"We were desperate for three points on the day, having not won recently in the league and the lads reaction to the second goal told you how important they felt it would be and it proved to be the case."
Clough added: "There was nothing in the game in the first 20 minutes or so, but as the first-half progressed we had two or three chances and at half-time we just asked the lads to play with a bit more purpose and intent.
"We scored two good goals and could have had more, but it was encouraging to see the system we play working well, both Stefan Scougall and Michael Doyle had clear cut opportunities and it just proves when our midfielders run beyond the ball they are very difficult to pick up."