Lee Clark saluted his "resolute" Birmingham City side after a midweek win at Millwall.Blues were 2-0 up at half-time through goals from Clayton Donaldson and David Cotterill, but boss Clark feared the worst when Lee Gregory pulled one back for the Lions after the break.
However, Birmingham survived the inevitable onslaught and even broke away at the end to seal a 3-1 victory when Wes Thomas tapped in Cotterill's cross.
"Our issue this season has been, from the last 30 minutes, we have dropped 11 points from winning positions," said Clark.
"We have spoken about it, when teams go behind they will come at you and you have to be resolute - and we were.
"If we had taken even half of those points dropped from winning positions we'd be in the top 10 and everyone would be talking positively about us.
"Previously when we've had a setback we haven't responded, but this time we did. I said at half-time they would throw the kitchen sink at us and fortunately the players responded. We can take confidence from that."