Caretaker boss Chris Morgan says Sheffield United fans can take heart from their second-half display in the 3-2 defeat at Coventry.
The Blades, without a win since the opening day, were three goals down by the 49th minute, but two days after manager David Weir was sacked the players responded with two goals in the final 17 minutes to set up a grandstand finish.
"There were a great deal of positives," Morgan, in his second spell in temporary charge, said after the match. "The reaction from the players from going 3-0 down, I thought was excellent.
"The first-half performance was nowhere near good enough. We looked scared and timid and that's not what we expect at our football club.
"Credit to the boys. They showed that they've got some spirit and some fight and on another day we could have got something out of the game.
"I don't like harping on, but I've been here 11 years and that's the sort of performance, second half, that our supporters expect from their football club, from their players.
"If we give them that, they'll always go home happy. They're not happy coming to Coventry and losing a game, but they've seen a group of players second half have a go.
"They've rolled their sleeves up, played with some quality. We put Coventry under a great deal of pressure."