NEIL Collins is confident the midweek triumph over promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest can act as a catalyst in Sheffield United’s attempt to retain their Championship status.
United stopped the rot by coming from behind to defeat Forest 2-1 on Tuesday thanks to goals from Sam Vokes and Matthew Lowton.
It was a first win at the 14th time of asking for manager Micky Adams and the club’s first victory since December 18.
Although United remain six points shy of safety following Crystal Palace’s late winner against Cardiff City, the Blades still have 10 matches left to pull off a great escape.
Collins, captured on January transfer deadline day from Leeds United, said: “It is so pleasing to get that win after waiting so long and everyone is delighted for each other.
“Things have not quite happened for whatever reason this year but it did against Forest and hopefully this is the start and we can kick on from here.”
United, who have confirmed they have frozen season ticket prices for the next two years, are searching for back-to-back wins for the first time since November when they head to Watford on Saturday. Both Bjorn Helge Riise and top-scorer Ched Evans will be in the frame to be included in the travelling party if the duo can shake off the injuries they sustained in training earlier this week.
Should Riise and Evans be passed fit for selection, Richard Cresswell, jeered on Tuesday, and Daniel Bogdanovic could drop out of the starting line-up.