Relieved Brentford boss Uwe Rosler praised his side's staying power after they left it late to grab a 1-0 win over Colchester.
New signing Farid El Alagui finally broke the deadlock with two minutes remaining when he headed home Harry Forrester's pinpoint cross. Rosler was delighted with his side for their resilience and willingness to continue chasing the win in temperatures nudging 80 degrees.
"We had 22 attempts on goal and five one-on-ones with their keeper so we created plenty. I'd be more worried if our strikers had hidden, but they didn't do that," he said. "Our fitness and will to win in extreme conditions really pleased me almost as much as the willpower to drive on and on and on for the win. In the end we were rewarded."
But Rosler must have wondered where the goal was coming from, with his side wasting chance after chance to take the points their dominance deserved.
And as the clock ticked down, Colchester had two good spells where they might have taken the lead. The visitors were a danger on the break and Ian Henderson was denied just before the break by a brave point-bank Simon Moore block. The striker also slid an effort wide before Tom Eastman nodded wide at the far post when it looked easier to score.
Rosler added: "We have a good bench and we used our substitutes well, but I was equally pleased to get a second clean sheet."
United boss John Ward hailed his side's performance as a big improvement on the previous week's 4-0 hammering at Tranmere.
He said: "That was a very disappointing end to a game where we were always in contention. It feels like a kick in the teeth, but I was pleased with my side.
"The front men deserved more for the way they worked. We didn't have as much possession as Brentford but we could easily have gone in ahead at half time.
"It was a big improvement on our last display and I honestly think we deserved something from the game. I will certainly have no problems getting the confidence back up after a performance like that."