Hull manager Steve Bruce praised the contribution of his experienced players in their 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Tigers' substitute Aaron McLean scored the only goal of the game 13 minutes from time but it was the inclusion of experience professionals Andy Dawson, Liam Rosenior and Paul McKenna that Bruce believes was crucial to securing the three points.
"We're pleased because the better team has won for a change," Bruce told the club's official website.
"I thought in the last two games we deserved to take at least something away from them. On Saturday, I thought the experience that we brought into the side calmed the situation down a little bit and we were worthy winners.
"Saturday was one of those games when you need your squad. We had a few go down, but we still had enough on the pitch to come to Hillsborough and play very well. I was very pleased with them.
"We had to go back to a few basics and we had to change. Paul McShane and Abdoulaye Faye were terrific. It was a good victory because we needed to arrest the slide."