Chris Wilder felt his side were worthy winners against Coventry City at Bramall Lane on Wednesday evening.
Two second-half goals in the space of five minutes from substitute Leon Clark and John Fleck broke the Sky Blues resolve as the Blades enhanced their position at the top of the table.
And despite not being able to secure promotion because of Fleetwood's victory over Oxford at the Kassam Stadium, Wilder was happy with the night's work.
He remarked: "It was a tough game and give Coventry credit for that, they were better than us first-half, we never got going and they got men behind the ball and made it difficult.
"We had to have words at half-time, we took the handbrake off and went for it like we have done all season and after the first goal it was pretty comfortable.
"It wasn't the occasion because we're used to the big crowds, but we just lacked a fluency and unlike us we played too much safe football.
"But in the end, we took care of our business and unfortunately Oxford didn't do us a favour that would have seen us over the line.
Wilder added: "We aren't naive enough to think that anybody is just going to roll over and let us beat them to secure promotion, nobody wants to make the numbers up and Coventry certainly didn't.
"We made two early changes and Samir and Leon came on and made a difference, they gave us a spark and got us moving forward."