John Carver was delighted to win his first game in charge of Sheffield United against Brendan Rodgers' Swansea.
Ched Evans scored a minute before the interval and it proved to be the winner against high-flying Swansea.
Carver, who has been played in caretaker charge following Gary Speed's decision to become Wales coach, was happy to start his tenure on a positive note.
He said: "I'm delighted for the boys. They deserved that.
"It's not been the easiest week with the manager going but they've responded in exactly the right fashion, exactly the way that everyone would want.
"I want to say thank you to Gary because he rang me this morning and said he believed in this team and thank you to the players because they stuck completely to the game plan absolutely to the letter.
"And also thank you to the fans because I know what it's like being a supporter sat in the stands when your team had been struggling.
"But I think they stuck with us and, as the game developed, started to see what we were trying to do."
Andy Reid created the winner with a precise through-ball which played Evans clean through on goal and the former Manchester City man clipped an early shot wide of Dorus De Vries and into the corner.
"It was a great goal, not just because it gave us the win which we needed," added Carver.
"The pass from Andy Reid was excellent, perfectly weighted."
Swans manager Rodgers admitted his side had been undone by the one moment of quality in the game.
"I thought we deserved something from the game," he said.
"We controlled the first half and then a lapse of concentration gave them something to hang onto.
"To be fair, though, we did lack our usual intensity. That was something I emphasised at half-time. We are going to lose some games though.
"From our point of view it was a bad goal to give away, from United's it will have been excellent. It was superb pass from Andy Reid.
"Few players could do that in this division. And then it was an excellent touch and finish from Ched Evans."
Rodgers added: "We have a different style to many teams in this competition and that's not going to change. We will keep on doing the same things."
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