Sam Allardyce praised the character of his Blackburn Rovers side after they came from behind to win Sunday's east Lancashire derby 3-2 against Burnley.
Robbie Blake stunned the home side with a brilliant strike early on, but then goals from David Dunn, Franco di Santo and Pascal Chimbonda ensured the local bragging rights belonged to Rovers.
"To score against Burnley was great but more important than that was to get the three points," said Allardyce.
"Our next couple of games are really difficult so it's great to get 10 points before we play those matches.
"But you could see by the reaction of the fans at the end how much this meant."
Meanwhile, Dunn's performance was singled out by a delighted Allardyce.
"The first thing we had to do was to secure a fit David Dunn so he could be selected regularly," he continued.
"Then he had to work out what he had to do on his own when everyone else had disappeared from the training ground.
"We have also found him a position that suits, playing just off the front man and he is playing better than he has for a long time.
"He is not only our leading scorer but he is providing others the opportunity to get goals. He is doing a terrific job.
"Dunny can change games and put us back in contention against Burnley very early.
"That was important from our point of view. It wasn't an easy finish from him but he made it look easy."