Chris Wilder was happy to progress to the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup after overcoming Preston at Bramall Lane on Saturday.
Billy Sharp's second-half penalty following a foul on the skipper by Tom Clarke proved decisive and Wilder admitted it was the result more than the performance that mattered.
He remarked: "It wasn't great game, but we found a way to win it. The players stepped forward after half-time and we went out to win after a scrappy and disjointed first-half.
"In cup competitions it's more about result than performance and we've progressed through two rounds with 1-0 wins, hopefully we get an exciting draw.
"We've set ourselves up for an interesting end to the season and we've made the forthcoming matches big games by our previous performances and results."
Looking ahead the Gaffer added: "We will attack what's in front us and try and win them. I've got 24 or 25 hungry players and I want difficult decisions.
"Billy has scored, Mark Duffy has done very well, especially second-half and Dan Lafferty produced a solid performance.
"Game time is important for those who haven't been playing and a few got so much needed minutes.
"We've come through the tie, it wasn't a classic, but we've started another run and that's important too with the likes of Aston Villa coming to town."