Scunthorpe manager Ian Baraclough hailed the response of his side after Michael O'Connor snatched an 89th-minute winner to secure a 1-0 triumph over derby rivals Hull at the KC Stadium.
The Iron midfielder latched on to Freddie Sears' ball into the penalty area to despatch a clinical finish beyond Hull goalkeeper Matt Duke when the game appeared to be heading for a goalless draw.
The visitors bounced back from last week's 4-1 home defeat to Leeds with a spirited display in a typical derby encounter and have now won their last three away matches in the npower Championship.
Baraclough said: "After the 4-1 reverse against Leeds there was some criticism thrown at us and we've responded in the right way.
"But I thought everybody played their part in a good local derby. Our average age was 23, which is perhaps slightly too young for the Championship, but everyone is chomping at the bit.
"Every away win is special and to come here to local neighbours and win is extra special. The fans can go back across the Humber and enjoy the weekend because we're the top dogs in this region at the moment."