Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray heaped praise on his players after their 3-1 victory at relegation-threatened Millwall.
The Owls clinched their first win in eight matches thanks to second half goals by Lewis McGugan, Atdhe Nuhiu and Stevie May.
Victory moves the Owls up to 11th.
“As a team, they all dug in for the first 20 minutes and we got confidence from that and I feel we thoroughly deserved to get the three points,” said Gray, who confirmed they missed out on making a loan signing before the clash at The Den. “Chris Kirkland pulled off a couple of good saves.
“There was some great defending and good blocks but after that 20 minute period I thought we were brave and got the ball down and played.”
Keiren Westwood sat-out the fixture due to a one-match suspension, meaning Kirkland made his first league start of the season.
Gray said: “Chris is a top individual and pro. He’s had to be very patient. He told me he would be ready to play. It just shows you need that quality and strength in depth.
“Chris and the back four deserved a clean sheet and we gave a cheap goal away but if you said to me before the game that we would beat Millwall 3-1 away I would have snapped your hands off.”
It has also been confirmed that striker Sergiu Bus will be out for four-six week with a groin injury.