Chris Wilder felt the Blades were good value for what he described as a 'big win' over Burton Albion at Bramall Lane on Tuesday night.
Speaking after seeing goals from Enda Stevens and substitute David Brooks see off the Brewers, Wilder remarked: "It was a big win in what we know is a massive week for this football club and the support was terrific once again.
"It wasn't the most free flowing performance and Burton missed some chances, like we've missed chances in the 14 games we've lost this season.
"But the biggest thing is coming out and winning games, the boys in there know exactly what they're playing for and what's at stake.
"It's a huge week and we've started well and got a deserved win."
Wilder added: "I wouldn't back against Burton picking points up off teams before the end of the season, they're in decent nick as we saw and have nothing to lose.
"People don't expect them to be in the division and everyone thinks they are dead and buried, but we don't think like that. They've got a professional pride and Nigel was coming back here looking for a result."