Manager Simon Grayson claimed Leeds United's long-suffering fans deserved Sunday's stunning 1-0 FA Cup third-round victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Jermaine Beckford's first-half goal blurred the gap between the Premier League champions and League One leaders and was celebrated by scenes of wild jubilation at full-time by 9,000 travelling fans.
"Our football club has had a lot of negativity over the last five years," said Grayson.
"We have been in administration and we have been relegated. I said when I came to the club, we had reached rock bottom and would not go any lower. But our fans were there for us."
Leeds have been rewarded with a fourth-round trip to Tottenham Hotspur and a delighted Grayson added: "It is not just about taking 9,000 to Old Trafford.
"We have taken 3,000 to Bristol Rovers on a Tuesday night. Every away allocation, we sell. We regularly get 25,000 at home.
"There have been times when they might have downed tools and decided football was an expensive business and supported the team from home.
"But they have followed us the length and breadth of the country. They deserved this result."