Dino Maamria hailed an “absolutely outstanding” performance as Burton finally secured a first home League One win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Wigan.
Two goals from Joe Powell, the first a stunning 25-yarder and the second from the penalty spot after Kell Watts had handled in the box, secured the three points after Charlie Hughes had put Wigan in front just before half-time.
Albion had to finish the game with 10 men after Beryly Lubala picked up a second yellow card making it a nervy end for Albion and the manager.
“I am delighted for the lads because they work so hard and people don’t see the graft that they put in and the setbacks we keep getting,” Maamria said.
“But they keep rising and we never lost belief in what we are doing and I thought tonight’s performance was absolutely outstanding.
“It was a different type of performance. To beat a very good Wigan team here in the way that we beat them is a real credit to the players.
“After a slow start we took control of the game and should have scored at least a couple and then to concede from the long throw was a real kick in the teeth.”
Maamria reserved praise for Powell, who is rapidly becoming one of the real leaders in the Brewers squad.
“We have got some big players but probably the biggest turnaround since I’ve been in charge is Powelly,” he said.
“He is not just what you see on the pitch. He is a proper voice in the dressing room and a true leader in there. We have a few young ones leading but he is right up there.”
For Wigan it was a third defeat in a row and just one win in the last six league games after a fine start to the season.
Boss Shaun Maloney knew his side were in for a tough encounter against the Brewers.
“I knew what type of match it was going to be. It was never going to be really open or free flowing so the game went how I thought it would,” he said.
“Two moments in the game cost us the result. I have no complaints on the penalty. I can’t be too critical because the players, in general, they gave me the performance that I wanted.
“Today I felt we didn’t quite get what we deserved. A draw maybe but at 1-0 I felt pretty comfortable. We will have moments like this throughout the season.
“What I didn’t expect was that when you have this sort of moment, like we have over the last two or three games, the impact it can have on the mindset. A bit longer lasting than I thought and these results feel harder because of our position in the table.”