Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough reckons that his side saw the results that hard work brings following the Brewers' 0-0 draw with Norwich City on Tuesday night.
Albion followed up Saturday's 5-0 loss to Leeds United in the best fashion possible, with a solid performance at the heart of a stalemate that frustrated an expectant Carrow Road crowd.
Clough prides himself on producing teams that are at the peak of their physical fitness, and that was certainly on display at the home of the Canaries as they kept out a potent frontline including the likes of Josh Murphy, Nelson Oliveira and Wes Hoolahan.
Norwich pressed and pressed, but couldn't find a way past a solid Brewers back-line that saw Kyle McFadzean return to central defence and put in a shift alongside skipper Jake Buxton - whose timely interventions reminded everyone of his quality at this level - and the dependable Ben Turner.
The narrative will undoubtedly be that Burton set up to defend a point and keep a clean sheet - which they did, well - but Albion had their chances, and could have won the match.
The returning Luke Murphy, missing on Saturday due to ineligibility, used his vision to play in Joe Mason who forced Angus Gunn to produce a good save to deny the on-loan Wolves man.
Jamie Allen could have opened his Brewers account on only his second appearance since his deadline-day signing from Rochdale, when his chance at the back-post was blocked on the line by the face of Norwich captain Ivo Pinto.
And for Clough, Tuesday night's display was an example of what hard work brings - and was optimistic about his side's chances of returning to the Pirelli Stadium with all three points had Allen or Mason's efforts found the back of the net.
"We have to have 11, 14 players working incredibly hard and they did that tonight and you see the results," said a relieved Clough post-match.
"We were actually a little bit disappointed despite Norwich's pressure that we didn't put one of our two chances away, especially earlier on with Joe Mason, when he got over the top.
"When you get a goal to hang onto in these sorts of situations, you can easily go on and win the game 1-0.
"That’s the next step and the next stage, to try and nick that goal. If we get our strikers firing, whether its Marvin Sordell or whoever, somebody who can just put us a chance away, then there’s a chance and an opportunity to win that game one-nil tonight, especially in the first-half.
"We tried to keep two up for as long as we could, even Lloyd Dyer came up top, and just with his pace he had a little cameo of 15 minutes up there.
"He's a great option to have."