Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, said his side did more than enough to record the three points in their 3-2 home win over Preston.
The Blades were 2-0 up after goals from Billy Sharp and Chris Basham, devoting the goal to his son on his fourth birthday, either side of half-time.
With ten minutes left United were cruising. That was until Preston scored twice inside three minutes to peg the Blades back, before David McGoldrick came to the rescue to restore their lead three minutes from time.
It was a result that Wilder said was a testament to his squad’s work ethic.
“It’s never dull. We can possibly pick the bones out of it on Monday or Tuesday,” he said.
“We did more than enough in the first 60 or 70 minutes to be comfortable and out of sight.
“To concede those two goals was a real kick in the balls.
“Sometimes you look at a 2-2 draw and it’s an even game. Today wasn’t that.”
The win moves the Blades into fourth heading into Saturday’s away trip to Millwall.