Ben Mee insisted grinding out the wins when not playing well will be crucial in the priority of getting back to the Premier League.
The Clarets soaked up pressure from newly-promoted Bristol City before striking twice from headed corners through Mee and Michael Keane to set-up an Ashton Gate victory.
And Mee, who has a personal goalscoring competition going with fellow defender Keane, was delighted to head back north with another precious three points.
He said: “The Premier League is the priority. There’s no getting around that and people now see us as a scalp, so we are going to come under some pressure.
“But we want to be up there and games like today help us with that.
“It just shows how important set pieces are though. We like to defend ours really well and nock another at the other end.
“We were under the cosh a little, but it shows our resilience to bounce back from that and get a result.”