Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish praised the patience of his side after they 'ground out' a 1-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle.
Captain Lee Carsley scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half as the Blues extended their unbeaten run in the league to seven games.
The win at Home Park kept the St Andrew's club three points behind Championship leaders Wolves.
"We have come away with three points, but if ever there was a game that was ground out, it was that one," admitted McLeish.
"We didn't have much in the first half, which disappointed me, but (Radhi) Jaidi missed a sitter after half-time that perhaps could have put us in the ascendancy, but we still toiled after that.
"We always looked dangerous, with speed up front.
"Quincy Owusu-Abeyie was in good form and we got that breakthrough, which was a great strike from Carsley with a little bit of imagination at the corner kick."