Burnley manager Eddie Howe was delighted with his side's battling performance as the Clarets, who had lost their previous two games, defeated 10-man Coventry 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena.
The visitors had to come from behind, however, as Cody McDonald headed his first goal since joining City from Norwich in the summer.
Burnley grabbed a 73rd minute equaliser before substitute Charlie Austin won it for Burnley from close range at the death, much to the delight of Howe.
He said: "I was disappointed in us in the first half-an-hour because I thought we played too deep and Coventry passed the ball around us. They looked like a good side and it looked as if it was going to be a difficult afternoon.
"That's why I made the change and then I thought we were the better team for the rest of the first half and in the second. We took the game to them and Charlie Austin was on the end of most things for us.
"The sending-off was harsh but was probably the right decision. It was two-footed but it was sad to see him sent off.
"This result gives us a chance. We are trying to build something here because there have been big changes in the summer throughout the club and we are trying to create a new team, very quickly. We have got the basis of a good young team and that showed the character, attitude and team spirit."
Meanwhile, Coventry manager Andy Thorn refused to make any excuses and admitted midfielder Gael Bigirimana, who turned 18 on Saturday, deserved his red card.
He said: "It was a two-footed tackle and so it had to be a sending-off. He (Bigirimana) is not that way inclined - there is no malice in him. He also let his man run off him for their first goal so it has not been a good birthday for him.
"As soon as he made the tackle, I thought he was going to be sent off. It was difficult with the 10 men because they used the extra player well and it's difficult standing there when there is not much you can do.
"Both goals were sloppy and we let ourselves down from that point of view. I am not hanging anybody out to dry but when we heap praise on the lads, they have to take the criticism too.
"I thought we were so dominant that I could only see one result then, when we went in front, we backed off and that's not what we are about."