Chris Wilder was happy with to beat Wigan Athletic, despite admitting his side weren't at their best.
Billy Sharp's hat-trick following Chey Dunkley's own-goal saw United overcome the Latics to regain top spot in the Sky Bet Championship.
But Wilder was typically honest speaking in the aftermath of the success.
He remarked: "It's strange game is football, isn't it? We were outstanding on Tuesday and not too bad at Derby, yet we only picked up one point from those two games.
"We win this one 4-2 without playing anywhere near the high standards the players have set previously, so the scoreline was flattering to us really.
"We've relied on the finishing of Billy (Sharp) and a few excellent passes, Ollie Norwood to Leon (Clarke) and then Leon to Billy for the third.
"Then for the fourth Ollie was again involved and Enda (Stevens) claimed the assist for Billy's hat-trick."
Wilder added: "We've set high standards at this football club, but we were a bit sloppy, we weren't tight enough and we weren't near our free-flowing best, but we're in the game to win matches.
"We're getting scrutinised in everything we do, from back to front, because that's the level we're at.
"Sometimes the opposition come and just give it a real go like Wigan did, Windass and Powell caused us problems.
"The two changes perhaps affected our rhythm too, but Stearman has come in and done well and McGoldrick's played in a different role, the most important thing is we've dug in and won the game."