Mike Ruddock praised the composure of his Worcester Warriors as they ended a busy period of Guinness Premiership action with a crucial win to guarantee top-flight survival.
Young star Alex Grove scored the try and Willie Walker and Matthew Jones put the boot in as Warriors tasted a superb 22-8 home victory over play-off chasing Saracens.
The hugely positive result vindicated Ruddock's decision to rotate his squad in mid-week as part of a testing schedule of three games in six days.
And Director of Rugby Ruddock was delighted with how his team kept their shape and defensive resolve for 80 minutes.
"It was difficult playing midweek rugby at this stage of the season, particularly on the back of so many injuries," said Ruddock.
"We had three games in six days so had to make some tough calls, about who we would hold back and prioritise for Saturday, look at this game and get the win.
"That is what we did; we looked composed all the way through and were well worth our victory.
"It was a good defensive display by us," he added. "We used a little bit of wind in the first half but our kicking game let us down a little bit. We kicked to them and failed to find touch a few times, which put pressure on us and we had to make a lot of tackles.
"But our shape was good and the second half we started to play a bit of rugby and it was a great try by Grovesy (Alex Grove).
"It wasn't the perfect performance but it was much better than the last two games for us, there was a bit more of the defensive positive attitude that we showed against Gloucester and Wasps at home."
Ruddock was also full of praise for main points scorers Grove - who was named man-of-the-match - and loan star Willie Walker.
"We moved the ball along and the space opened up, Alex took the try very well," he said.
"We saw against Wasps a few weeks ago that he has the pace to get away from defences. He has a big future with the way he is going.
"We are very pleased with him and it's great to see another product of our Academy coming through the ranks. He has certainly progressed very well this year and we are very pleased with him.
"Willie Walker also deserves special mention," added Ruddock. "He had a bad ten minute spell down at Bristol, but other than that he really had been faultless.
"He dropped a goal to beat Wasps and he kicked superbly today and ran the ball back, even when things didn't go perfectly, for example one kick he sliced, he chased and regathered it.
"It typified his effort and his commitment to the club so we are grateful to him and Gloucester for their support in providing him.
"He remains contracted to Gloucester and so his future is Dean Ryan's call. Unless he says to me they are looking to offload him we will continue to carry on with the loan agreement as is. I don't anticipate anything happening in the long term, to be honest."
Niall Annett and Phil Dowson are among three changes to the Warriors starting line-up for their trip to Franklin's Gardens to take on Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership this Saturday (kick-off 3pm).