Port Vale manager Rob Page was delighted with his team after they produced their "most complete performance of the season" to secure a deserved win over his former club Sheffield United.
Page's men produced a terrific first-half display to take a 2-0 lead and Matt Done's 94th minute strike was mere consolation for the lacklustre visitors.
Victory pushed Vale, who have taken seven points from their last three games, up to eighth place and demoted promotion favourites United, who have won only one of their last six, down to seventh spot.
Page said: "I'm really proud of every one of our players and for the effort they put in. If we had won by three of four goals I don't think anyone could have complained.
"We've played very well in previous games against Wigan, Doncaster and Burnley, but that was the most complete performance from back to front this season.
"The only disappointment was conceding a goal right at the end. I felt we deserved a clean sheet.
"Sheffield United are an excellent team. We stood strong initially and then imposed ourselves on them and I couldn't be more pleased.
"I've also got to mention Jak Alnwick for his fantastic save from Billy Sharp just after half-time. It was the first thing I spoke about after the match because that was as good as a centre-forward scoring a goal."
Blades manager Nigel Adkins was unimpressed with United's efforts, insisting it was not a performance befitting a side with promotion aspirations.
"I want to win football matches and we won't win playing like that," he said.
"It was a bad defeat and I won't hide away from it. We need to go up this season.
"I look after my players and I back them up when possible, but I'll have to take stock of that performance over the next few days. Managers get emotional straight after games and we need to be calm when examining what happened.
"I thought we started okay and after 15 minutes I thought we would go on to win the game. Goals change games and a big turning point was Vale scoring their second just before half-time and their 'keeper making a brilliant save straight after the break.
"We tried to force the issue with positive substitutions and Matty Done scoring on his return from injury was nice to see. But overall what the team produced just wasn't good enough and there is room for a lot of improvement."