Chris Wilder described Tuesday victory over Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium as the 'great result'.
Debutant Cameron Carter-Vickers netted the only goal of the game just after the half hour and a delighted boss heaped praise on his players in the aftermath of the clash in Lancashire.
A grinning Wilder said: "This is a great result, the best of the season. It wasn't a fantastic performance, we weren't at our best, but to back up the result on Saturday with three points here shows outstanding character.
"I told the players how the game would go, I know all the opposition's staff and they are hurting after their start.
"I'm pals with the assistant manager and one of my biggest pals in the goalkeeping coach and we knew this was a massive game for them.
"We knew they would come out firing and we knew if we didn't match them, compete and defend long balls we would get hurt, but we showed character, togetherness and spirit and that was tremendous.
"This is a big three points for us, the Championship fixture list is relentless and I decided the time was right to freshen things up."
The Blades chief added: "Cameron was unfortunate not to score a second too, but he defended fantastically well because Madine is a handful and a good player.
"I said to Cam this is proper man's football and he dealt with some difficult opponents, defending manfully.
"George (Baldock) and Dan (Lafferty) did well having not played much football this season and Leon came back in and helped us hold the ball up top.
"We'd have liked to have been dominant for longer, but Bolton are fighting for their lives, we were never going to walk into Macron and get an easy three points because they are a proud set of people here, but this is a big result for us."