Tony Mowbray praised Middlesbrough's character as they bounced back from successive defeats to beat Huddersfield 3-0 and move up to third in the npower Championship table.
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Boro had won just one of their past four league matches prior to Tuesday evening's meeting at the Riverside and Mowbray conceded Saturday's 3-1 home loss to Bristol City, which came on the back of a defeat to Cardiff, could have sent the team into a downward spiral.
But two goals from Scott McDonald, which came either side of Emmanuel Ledesma's free-kick, ensured Boro leapt above Leicester in third, while the top two teams Cardiff and Crystal Palace were both held to draws.
"Any win's a good win in this league - it's a very hard league," said Mowbray.
"It was important to get back to winning ways and I think they showed tonight that confidence hasn't been dented.
"I think with the weekend (defeat to Bristol City), the potential was there to knock the confidence and the belief and yet the team showed a real resilience tonight to match a very hard-working team. We managed to get the points and we'll put them in the bag and move on to the next game."
Mowbray was particularly pleased Boro produced a convincing victory in front of nearly 22,000 fans given the club's recent efforts to increase attendances by lowering ticket prices.
He added: "We let a few supporters down with not a decent performance at the weekend, a difficult performance, a difficult game for the supporters who came out in their numbers to watch, yet tonight the same people who came back were rewarded with a better performance and a better result."
While McDonald caught the eye with his two-goal cameo, his manager was quick to point to his other qualities.
"He's come back into the fray the last couple of months and he's done exceptionally well for us. I think what he brings as well as his goals is his work ethic from the front," said Mowbray.
"People can talk about the goals and think 'he must have played well' and yet the coach's eye and hopefully the player's eye sees the unselfish work that Scott does for the team."
Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson had few complaints about the result as his injury and suspension-hit side struggled to pose their hosts any real problems.
"I'm disappointed because I didn't think we turned up tonight," he conceded.
"When you come up to Middlesbrough, the Riverside, you know you're up against a good team who were looking to bounce back from the weekend's result.
"They are a good, fluent football team who can create chances and we had too many players who were off it and allowed them to do what they're good at doing.
"It was a poor performance from us tonight and we got what we deserved basically."