Nigel Adkins believes his Scunthorpe side were deserving of their 1-0 win at Preston that lifted them out of the relegation zone.
Martin Paterson's strike shortly before the break saw the visitors end their run of 11 games without a win and also complete the double over North End despite having defender Cliff Byrne sent off.
Adkins has a young squad at his disposal and he believes the team's hard work finally paid off at Deepdale.
"To come away from home and get three points in the Championship is very rewarding for the effort and commitment the players have put in all season," he said.
"We could have been 2-0 up in the first six minutes. The goalkeeper made a great save with his feet.
"You have no divine right to get anything, but we work very hard for each other. We put on a cracking performance against Norwich, but the luck didn't go our way.
"We are going to make our own fortune and I'm delighted with it.
"We have a great group of players, the average age is 22, we have to keep them as positive as possible.
"We have to allow them to make mistakes. As long as they keep working as hard as they can, they can only get better and better.
"We have got a battle plan that we have set out for this season. We will keep the belief and the principles we have got. When you have got to battle it out, you have to just battle it out."