Chris Wilder was pleased to see his side keep the pressure on those above the Blades, by overcoming a stubborn Bolton Wanderers outfit.
Speaking after second-half goals from David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp saw United briefly climb to second place in the Sky Bet Championship, Wilder was pleased to register a fourth straight home win in the league.
He remarked: "We talked at half-time about not missing this opportunity in front of our own supporters.
"We were a bit slow and too comfy first-half, we were waiting for somebody to do something and we needed to it collectively.
"We did just that in the second-half, we went through the gears and in the end we got a deserved victory.
"We've had many battles with Bolton and some tight games, we have to expect teams to come and not just wave the white flag for us.
"Teams won't come here, roll over and have their tummies tickled. Bolton came and were compact, we weren't quick enough and that allowed them to get behind the ball."
Wilder continued: "The first goal was always going to be key. It was a great ball by George (Baldock) then Billy showed a different side to his game by squaring it for David McGoldrick, when 26,000 people expected him to put his foot through it.
"Players have to get the balance right, we're at the top of the division and there will be some pressure games, I want us to enjoy, don't be afraid of losing, let's take the handbrake and grab the win.
"There are some good players sat behind and there are some really good players sitting in the stands, but when new lads come in it drives those in possession on further."