Sean Dyche praised Burnley’s strong jaw after the Clarets bounced off the canvas to floor Rotherham with a late winner.
Sam Vokes landed the knock-out punch just nine minutes from time after Grant Ward’s stunning strike with 15 minutes remaining cancelled out Andre Gray’s early opener.
And boss Dyche was delighted at his side’s ability to shrug off the disappointment to move closer to the Championship’s early pace-setters.
He said: “Overall I am very pleased. Sometimes the hardest fight is the one you are expected to win.
“There was a lot of expectation on us tonight because of last season and where we are coming from.
“But some people think you can roll over teams and it’s not that easy. All credit to them, because I thought they pressed hard and worked ever so hard with a new manager and they gave a very, very good account of themselves and were very difficult to play against, but overall I thought we just about deserved it.
“It was terrific movement from Andre and a sublime finish. They scored a worldie to get back in it, during one of their better spells in the game, but our reaction was terrific.
“We have a strong jaw at times and we are relentless in our thinking. We don’t get disappointed, as everyone saw and went back on the front foot to score a very good goal.
“I tell the lads to always be alive in the box, and both goals came that way, so it’s great to see the strikers on the scoresheet.”
The win, Burnley’s fifth in seven games ahead of a mini-break in Spain, carried them into the international break in finer spirits.
Dyche added: “People mentioned that we hadn’t won in two before the game, but they didn’t mention that we’ve won five of the last seven with a draw inbetween, so it’s fair to say we are on a nice little run of form.
“That’s good for the mentality and good to keep the focus on what we are trying to achieve.”