Chris Wilder was delighted to see his team return to winning ways, with victory at Brentford on Tuesday night.
Wilder made two changes for the clash at Griffin Park and demanded a positive response from his players, following Saturday's disappointing showing at Rotherham.
He got the reaction he desired and expected and remarked: "It's a big win, it's been a tough couple of days, we asked a lot of questions of the players after the weekend and they've come roaring back.
"There were some angry footballers out there and rightly so because we didn't turn up on Saturday and Rotherham deserved the win, let alone a point.
"I said to the players I've always enjoyed watching them since I came, I didn't on Saturday and I was interested to see their reaction and they gave me all the answers."
The manager continued: "Both their goals were deflections, they pushed us back but we never really felt in danger. They had a lot of the ball, but we defended very well and created chances on the counter.
"I thought Washington was outstanding, he caused them all sorts of problems all night. We changed the team and it might have raised a few eyebrows, but we picked a team to come here and win the game and we've done just that.
"We had a plan, we played a flat three in midfield and obviously Maupay is a real danger. It was a real dagger to concede so early, but we hit the bar just after and that was the feel of the game.
"We were always in the game and we always felt we'd go and win."