Rotherham manager Neil Redfearn hailed a "stellar" performance from his side as they cut high-flying Hull down to size in the Sky Bet Championship.
The Millers, who remain in the bottom three despite the impressive 2-0 win, made light of their struggles and Hull's superior squad as they outplayed and outfought the Tigers.
Goals in either half from Lee Frecklington and Joe Newell won it and left Redfearn purring just one game after claiming his squad was not good enough to stay in the division.
"It was well deserved to be honest, right from the first minute," he said. "As a performance it was really pleasing.
"There were some harsh words said and you can put one or two noses out of joint, but that is football, at the end of the day it's a business. We have got to get results.
"We had a good reaction, the lads really responded well. One thing they have done since I have been here is fought and they fought today, but they also passed well. We looked like a good side.
"Today we were organised and switched on, aggressive and we looked dangerous. They could have had goals, but we could have had more than the two that we got. There were a few stellar performances.
"That's three wins in the last six so we can take heart from that. They are a good side. We had the belief today.
"I have said all along there will be games that we lose that we are expected to win and games that we win that we are expected to lose and that's one of those today."
Although the Tigers were well beaten, they were not without their chances as Chuba Akpom was denied twice by a post after the break, while Harry Maguire put a free header wide.
And Steve Bruce was left to reflect on a miserable day.
"That's the Championship and on a day like today when it's swirling around the one thing you can't do is make the defensive errors we have made. We have gifted them the two goals," the Tigers boss said.
"We have have given them a lifeline with the penalty.
"The first goal for them was always going to be important and then to top it all off with some of the chances we have missed, we really needing to be taking them if we are going to come here and win.
"If we are going to be where we want to be then we have to be more clinical our finishing in good positions was awful.
"We have created six or seven really good chances and we haven't taken one so that adds up to a really miserable afternoon. I really want to go home and start again tomorrow."