Chris Wilder insists the Blades will adopt a positive approach when they face leaders Cardiff City in Wales on Tuesday evening.
Looking ahead to the clash against the Bluebirds, who have yet to concede a goal in the league, Wilder commented: "Cardiff have got off to a fantastic start. They scored late on at Burton to get an away win and then they've battered one of the pre-season favourites at home, but we have to back ourselves to go there and get a result.
"Just because they are top of the division doesn't give them an advantage, we are here to compete and we want to take another step forward.
"We've moved forward psychologically after Middlesbrough despite the obvious blow and we must take the positives, especially the second-half performance into the next game."
The manager of the opposition on Tuesday is no stranger to Blades followers and Wilder says he respects what his opposite number achieved during his tenure in the Lane hotseat.
The Gaffer added: "I know Neil (Warnock) from being at the Lane taking in games. He's obviously managed at the top level, but I've not got a close connection with him.
"Neil had an excellent spell here. He made this a tough place to come to, they were committed and honest, but I don't take my lead from anyone, I do everything off my own bat, I'm not cloning anything that's happened previously.
"Both of us have been successful here by being fully committed and playing on the front foot with a sense of pride, that style suits this football club."