Chris Wilder was 'delighted' to see his side return to winning ways at Preston North End on Saturday.
And the Blades boss felt his side were full value for the three points at Deepdale, secured courtesy of David McGoldrick first-half strike.
Wilder remarked: "It was always going to be tough, questions were asked during the weekend and I'm not surprised at all by the reaction.
"It's a special group of players who always given everything for the football club, I've always said that and you could see how much they wanted that result.
"There is always going to be a lot of talk, a lot of noise and nonsense about what need to do and where they belong, but things change quickly during a week in football and it can change back too.
"There is still a hell of a long way to go and we'll just keep grinding away. Our goalkeeper made a couple of important saves having got our noses in front."
The Gaffer continued: "I thought we were the better team second-half, we should have gone and avoid nearly giving me and our supporters a heart attack, we should have taken the game away from the opposition.
"But Alex (Neil) and his players never know when they are beaten, they are dogged and have done fantastically well and we are too.
"We'd looked at the stats and the goals they'd score early on and we had to expect them to come out at us, after the first 25 minutes we settled down and David scored.
"Second-half we should have put the game to bed, but you could see the drive and honesty in our performance, one was enough and we're delighted."