Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones hailed his team's effort as they made it four wins in a row with a 3-0 victory over Oldham.
Gary Madine scored for the home side in the first half before Miguel Llera and Ryan Lowe made the winning margin more comfortable after the break.
Jones, whose side moved up to second in the table, said: "Coming off a hard-fought win it feels fantastic. We had two games in three days and it showed, we were tired but found an extra bit of something and I have nothing but admiration for the players. They deserve a slap on the back."
He added: "Winning helps our cause with the feelgood factor, not just in football but in life. We have a great attitude in our dressing room.
"It wasn't the prettiest performance you'll ever see but it was a real effort from start to finish.
"We picked up a few knocks; (Lewis) Buxton, Llera, (Chris) Lines etc. and I think, with these kinds of games you're always running the risk of injury.
"We took Buxton off more as a precaution really, to stop a two or three day injury becoming a two or three week injury."
Oldham manager Paul Dickov also praised his side's performance but admitted they lack a cutting edge.
"We gave them a good work out, despite the score. We just need to get better in both boxes to convert good performances into wins," he said.
"We've got a good young team which shows good signs for the future. They are fit, enthusiastic and can give people a run for their money. We're not safe yet, by any stretch of the imagination. We need to really focus now going forward, put this bad run on hold and play our football."