Burton Albion have gone about rebuilding their defensive pride in the right way since the 5-0 defeat at Leeds United, according to Nigel Clough.
Saturday's goalless draw against Queens Park Rangers means the Brewers have conceded only goal in three games following that Elland Road humbling.
A total of five points have been earned in that time, including a couple of valuable draws on the road, built on unrelenting commitment in defence and two clean sheets.
"Their pride was hurt after the Leeds game," said Clough after seeing Burton become the first away team to keep a clean sheet at Loftus Road this season.
"I think for the whole team, all of us, it was far too easy for them to score against us, as good as they were.
"So we've proved since then that teams are going to have to work harder to get a goal against us."
Leading Albion's defensive charge against QPR was captain Jake Buxton, who produced countless clearing headers and well-timed blocks to deny the Rs any openings as they went more and more direct as the game progressed.
Alongside Kyle McFadzean and Ben Turner in central defence, the way Buxton managed powerful half-time substitute Matt Smith was crucial to the end result.
"For somebody who is not six foot and not a towering centre-half, he certainly doesn't lose many headers!" said Clough of Buxton.
"I thought he led by example today, and he was the inspiration for the rest of the team.
"It's the back three, and everybody, just digging in and helping out.
"Defensively, when you haven't got too much going on attack-wise (as Burton didn't in the second half), everybody has to chip in.
"They all did that.
"Marvin Sordell didn't do it very well, but he was back in the left-back position at times!
"Everybody just does their job.
"I think they fight and scrap now to get a clean sheet and to get a point on the road."