Mick McCarthy praised his Ipswich Town side for a "dogged and determined" display as they won at home for the first time since March.
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."
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."