Chris Wilder heaped praise on his skipper, following Saturday's success over Leeds United at Bramall Lane.
Billy Sharp scored a goal in each half, including a spectacular volley to open the scoring in the second minute and despite Pierre-Michel Lasogga drawing Leeds level, the Blades were good value for the victory.
Speaking in the aftermath of the win, Wilder remarked: "We got over the line which I'm delighted about.
"It's been a difficult time because our performances of late haven't seen us pick up the rewards we deserved, so to edge a tight Yorkshire derby is fantastic."
Of his skipper, Wilder added: "It's not the easiest situation to be in when you're not in the team, especially when you're captain but he's held his head high.
"He's worked extremely hard and been a great captain for me in the dressing room and around the training ground.
"We picked it early, I told him getting off the bus last Saturday that he'd start today and he's been excellent throughout the week, capping it off with two goals and a man of the match performance.
"I won't allow players to moan and scream, they won't pull out of challenges or think individually, I want team players and Billy is certainly that.
"He has been brilliant and deserves all the credit that will come his way."