Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones said his side's crucial 2-1 win at Brentford was just reward for the positive way they approached the game.
The Owls moved into the final automatic promotion place ahead of rivals Sheffield United thanks to the victory. Wednesday went ahead through Keith Treacy's free-kick but needed Miguel Llera's second-half header to make sure of the points after Clayton Donaldson had levelled from the penalty spot.
Despite being under the cosh for large periods of a thrilling clash, Jones said "We had four strikers on the bench which showed our intent. We set up slightly differently from usual which made the game a little more open, but in the end we got the result we needed."
The outcome could have been different if the referee had dismissed Mark Beevers for his challenge on Donaldson which resulted in the penalty.
Beevers, who had already been booked, was substituted after another rash challenge but Jones was perplexed as to why Wednesday did not get a penalty for handball late on.
He added: "That was a definite penalty but we didn't let it upset our rhythm. We have one game to go now and if we continue to apply ourselves like we did, it will be interesting."
Brentford's slim play-off hopes were extinguished but manager Uwe Rosler was delighted his side were on top for large periods against their in-form opponents.
He said: "I am extremely proud of my players. They showed that we are very, very close to being in a strong position to challenge next season.
"We have built a very strong foundation this season and in this game I thought we were very unlucky. We had 16 shots on goal to their six and 60% of possession, but we just needed that little bit of luck."
Rosler refused to be drawn on the refereeing decision that might have changed the game, adding: "My players gave everything and didn't get what they deserved. I'm more concerned that we have come a long way this season and next season we will be in a far stronger position."