Hull City manager Phil Brown felt his side's 2-0 victory over Preston North End was down to their work on the training ground during the week.
Headed goals from Nicky Forster and David Livermore secured all three points for The Tigers against one of the Championship's top teams.
Hull were coming off the back of a 5-2 defeat at home to Ipswich in midweek, and Brown was pleased with his side's response as their fight for survival continued against Preston.
"This game was won on the training ground on Wednesday," said Brown. "We had to face some harsh admissions after Tuesday against Ipswich and we just said 'let's get on with the job'.
"We were right to receive the criticism from Tuesday. You have to be honest and say we all made mistakes so I had to make changes.
"We now just need to have that consistency to stay out of the relegation zone."
One sour note for Hull was the injury to John Welsh after just four minutes, who was stretchered off with a suspected broken leg.
"He's gone for a precautionary X-Ray but I fear the worst," Brown admitted. "He's the unluckiest lad I've ever managed."
Welsh suffered the injury challenging Neil Mellor, but Paul Simpson felt the midfielder should have been sent off for a two-footed tackle.
"The referee allowed an absolutely disgraceful challenge to go unpunished," the Preston boss said.
"That was a straight red card. He should have been red-carded and then they play for 88 minutes with 10 men. Maybe after that it's a different story."
On the performance, Simpson added: "It was as disappointing as we've been all season. I don't think we tested their goalkeeper all game and for a team who is very attack-minded, that was the biggest disappointment from the game."