Will Buckley's first-half effort gave Dale their first win in four games and kept alive the club's hopes of a clinching automatic promotion.
Hill's men, who are currently fifth, now go into Monday's clash against Shrewsbury brimming with confidence after banishing the memories of last weekend's 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth.
"I couldn't have asked for much more from the players apart from more goals," said Hill. "Had we scored more I wouldn't have been as nervous as the supporters.
"I could understand the nervousness, the players were feeling it as well coming into the game on the back of a 4-0 drubbing, and this was a genuine test of character. The team we had out there are all babies - they haven't experienced anything like this before. Last season there was no pressure, we came from behind to reach the play-offs and did superb. This win was testament to the players' bravery.
"At times it was a bit nervous, no question, but we got over the line and that's the main thing at this stage, performances get lost in the wash. Points and results matter now and we needed that win, big time. It means we
go into Monday's game at Shrewsbury with confidence restored."