Mick McCarthy praised his Ipswich Town side for a "dogged and determined" display as they won at home for the first time since March.
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DJ Campbell's late winner gave them a 2-1 victory against Burnley, after Daryl Murphy's opener was cancelled out by Sam Vokes.
The result was McCarthy's second win in three games since taking over from Paul Jewell.
"It wasn't pretty, silky or sexy, but it was dogged and determined and all those horrible words people don't like that are vital to winning games," said McCarthy.
"What's nice is that having conceded a goal, I didn't think we looked like conceding another, whereas the other night we became a bit flaky and it looked like more chances would come.
"They could have crumbled but didn't and of course I'm pleased.
"I've been stressing the importance of being organised hard to beat. It's a league of teams that are hard to beat.
"There will be times when we make mistakes, lose goals and lose games.
"But what we don't do is give up and give in and that was a performance that epitomised it."
McCarthy was particularly pleased for Town's long-suffering supporters, who have gone seven and a half months without seeing a victory at Portman Road.
"It's lovely for them," he said.
"They want something to shout about and support and we all want to feel how I feel now, which is nice and happy.
"I'm delighted for them because it's such a nice club and the supporters are great."
Ipswich deservedly broke the deadlock six minutes after the break.
Richie Wellens' cross from the right looped into the air off Jason Shackell's leg.
Burnley keeper Lee Grant felt he was fouled by Murphy but, with no whistle forthcoming, the striker nodded into the net from close range.
Burnley levelled 10 minutes from time after a perfect cross from Junior Stanislas.
Fellow substitute Vokes jumped with Town defender Danny Higginbotham and, while it was unclear who had the final contact, the ball appeared to fly off Vokes' head.
Far from downbeat, Ipswich grabbed their winner three minutes from time.
Carlos Edwards played in Campbell, who coolly prodded past Grant.
Clarets boss Sean Dyche said: "It was nip and tuck throughout but, on reflection, I thought we deserved at least a share of the spoils.
"It was always going to be difficult.
"Ipswich were looking for a reaction and we were coming to a place where they were desperate for a win.
"But overall I thought our players put in another really strong, physical shift.
"There was some very good play from us so there were lots of positives.
"We were too open before - we're tighter now and moving the ball around nicely.
"We were close to making some good chances but didn't make enough of them.
"Overall, it's still been a positive week, with lots of food for thought for how we develop further."
Dyche was disappointed with Ipswich's first goal, feeling Murphy fouled keeper Grant.
"It changed the feel of the game," he said.
"Ipswich suddenly believed but I thought our players reacted really well to the setback and were able to force an equaliser."