Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel was effusive in his praise for his players following Saturday's big win against Southend United.
In the opening game of the English Football League (EFL) League One weekend, Barnsley thrashed Southend 3-0 at the Roots Hall Stadium.
“It was one of our best performances of the season but I think we’ve played well in a lot of our games,” said Stendel.
“We’ve shown here to a lot of people watching how we can play and it was a good win. But we showed another side to our play in this game.
The win saw Barnsley cement their place on second spot and they are five points behind log leaders, Luton Town.
“At half time I said we could still win the game but in the second half it was more important to play with heart. We spoke about needing to work much more together," he added.
"The players showed that and it’s a really good result. I’m so proud of the performance and in the end it was a deserved win.”
There have been suggestions in some quarters that the intensity has dropped in recent games, and without the services of top-scorer, Kieffer Moore, the business end of the season could be a real challenge for Stendel and his young charges.
“We worked very hard today and we work hard in between the games too, on the training pitch. The mentality from my players is very good," Stendel said.
“They showed today that we’re very strong in the head and in our hearts, but there’s a long way to go. There are 11 games to go but we’ll only look at the next one.”