UWE Rosler hailed the character of his Wigan Athletic side after they dug deep to keep their promotion push on track.
Jordi Gomez’s 87th-minute penalty against Sheffield Wednesday was enough to secure a seventh win on the spin.
The upturn in fortunes since Rosler’s appointment – only two defeats in the last 20 matches – mean seventh-placed Latics are only seven points off third-placed Derby with two games in hand.
“The whole team showed bottle,” said Rosler, who has a raft of injuries.
“I told them at half-time: ‘Listen boys, forget about the first half, we were not at our best but our destiny is still in our own hands’.
“And that is exactly what we did. The guts from everybody involved was something to be admired.”
Rosler also revealed Chris McCann has undergone successful surgery on the fractured kneecap that has wrecked his campaign.
McCann joined Ben Watson on the long-term injured list after a collision with Man City’s Micah Richards at the weekend.
“The operation was a success but he will be out for quite a while,” added Rosler.