Carlos Carvalhal said Sheffield Wednesday's late winner was justified, as the Owls snatched all three points against Rotherham United thanks to Steven Fletcher's penalty.
It looked as though the Millers valiant display was going to reap a point from Hillsborough but Richard Wood's challenge on Lucas Joao just before the 90 minute mark offered the opportunity for Wednesday to claim victory.
Fletcher stepped up and slotted past Lewis Price and place Carvalhal's side back into the top six going into Christmas.
Carvalhal said he was pleased by his players attitude, praising the visitors for how difficult they made it for Wednesday to find a breakthrough.
"The players had a very good attitude," he said. "We broke a wall that Rotherham put up and we don't win a lot of those games so I am very happy. We never know in this competition whether it will be easier playing the bottom of the league or the top of the league. Rotherham caused us a lot of problems. It's not easy to break teams down."
He added: "We tried to force and force and force at the end to make and at the end we made justice with the goal that we achieved. Rotherham fought a lot and we must give congratulations to them for the attitude they showed even though they are in last position - especially the defensive attitude that they had."
Carvalhal said he didn't have a clear view of the penalty incident which also saw former Owls defender Wood sent off, but was told by his players that the referee's decision was correct.
"I am probably 78 metres from the situation, I can't see clearly," he admitted, "In these kinds of situations before I talk with the press I talk to the players who are in this situation because they don't have to lie to me.
"I asked (Lucas Joao) and he said it eas a clear penalty and Ross Wallace was close and he said it was aclear penalty but I am talking not on what I saw but what they told me."