Chris Wilder says he was touched by the response of the fans, following the lap of appreciation following Saturday's loss to Preston North End at Bramall Lane.
The management and playing staff received a standing ovation from all four sides of the Lane, despite Alan Browne's goal ending the Blades hopes of making the play-offs.
And Wilder was keen to acknowledge the supporters post-match.
He remarked: "I felt a little bit overcome on the walk round at the end, because ultimately we've not achieved what we wanted to and to finish at home with a loss is bitterly disappointing.
"The performance was good, and we left everything out there, we didn't go out of the back door and I'm not surprised really."
Wilder added: "But ultimately a little bit of naivety, that lack of quality and inexperience going the other way cost us again and it has done for a little while now.
"Preston made some unbelievable blocks and they deserve credit for that, but perhaps they've picked our pockets again and got the result."