Chris Wilder praised the second-half performance of his side in Monday's Boxing Day success over Oldham Athletic at Bramall Lane.
In front of a crowd close to 26,000, skipper Billy Sharp bagged a well taken brace and in doing so scored his 50th Blades goal, to finally break down the Latics stubborn resistance and afterwards the Blades boss acknowledged it hadn't been plain sailing.
Wilder remarked: "It's always a good afternoon when you win, but it wasn't straightforward and the opposition deserve some credit.
"They started the game well, won more first and second balls than us and dictated a stop start, scrappy game at times in the first-half.
"We lacked a bit of quality and at half-time we got our feeling across to the players, we needed to play quicker and more positively when in possession.
"We made the change early with Leon replacing Matty and immediately we got on the front foot, we got the ball forward, it stuck and we were able to really get at them."
The Gaffer added: "It became a matter of time until we scored and that first goal is massive because Oldham were then forced to come out and it suited us to see the game open up and the second followed.
"More often than not we bring our best game to the table, we didn't on this occasion, but week in, week out we turn up and grind it out when necessary and this team has a genuine fight in them.
"We're on the right track in terms of consistency, we're accumulating points at a good rate and at the halfway point in the season we're in a good place."