Nigel Adkins was pleased to see his side progress to the second round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday night.
The Blades overcame Ronnie Moore's Hartlepool United 4-3 on penalties after the tie finished 1-1 after 90 minutes, with Pools striker Scott Fenwick cancelling out Ryan Flynn's early opener to take the game to a shootout.
Reflecting on his side's performance at Victoria Park, Adkins remarked: "It was exciting with the penalties at the end, but really the game should have been put to bed in the first-half, especially in the first 20 minutes when we created some excellent chances.
"But it was good to see Flynny get 70 minutes and a goal, whilst Terry Kennedy came through nearly a full game which is another real positive.
"In the shootout, we looked assured and George Long made two good saves which will do him good too."
With four players away on international duty, Adkins made nine changes in total for the clash in the north-east and he was happy to have progressed whilst at the same time utilising his squad.
The Gaffer added: "We came to win the tie and we have so that's important and we have also used the players who were available which was another aim.
"We have got a lot of good players regaining their fitness and it is about us helping them, so in the longer-term they can be in a position to contribute to what we are trying to achieve this season.
"We want options and competition for places and as players are getting fitter and sharper, we are starting to get there."