Chris Wilder focused on the positives, as the Blades progressed to the second round of the Carabao Cup following victory over Walsall on Wednesday evening.
Having trailed at the break, the second-half introduction of Ched Evans inspired United to score three goals, meaning Erhun Oztumer's late spot-kick was nothing more than a consolation for the Saddlers.
And Wilder admitted the Blades were forced improve after a sluggish first-half.
He remarked: "The positive were the second-half performance, getting through to the next round and beating Walsall!
"We showed good qualities because we weren't very good in the first-half, our standards are higher than that.
"We've set the bar high in the last 12 months so when we fall under we're disappointed. We ask for a reaction when we dip and we certainly got that, the introduction of Ched gave us a massive lift and we're delighted to progress."
Wilder added: "We needed a lift and the players had to lift themselves, the plan was always to get Ched on to the pitch and Basham coming on helped too. We looked a better side after their introductions and we're delighted with the end result."