Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka praised his side’s commitment as they secured a superb 2-0 win against Wolves at Molineux this afternoon.
First-half goals from Kieran Dowell and Ben Osborn ensured the points headed back to Nottingham and that Karanka picked up his first win as Reds boss.
Speaking after the game, he said: "The most important thing for me has been the commitment of everybody. Against Villa, we only had two days to prepare and in one week we could prepare in the way that I like to prepare.
"The work that we have done on the training ground and the analysis we have done has been really good and the commitment of the players has been amazing.
"You have to grow and be more intense. We have the quality and a really good squad and we passed the ball really well. When we can play with more intensity we can improve but this is just the first step in a long way."
The Spaniard praised his sides defensive resolve to keep the league leaders at arm's length and felt that everyone pulled together for the cause.
"The team was organised and the way they were working together," he added. "Fighting for each other is the most important thing for me. To win here is really important, but the performance was excellent and the supporters can be really proud of the players.
"It is always important to score goals, but the way we defended and the way the players supported each other was great as they know how important it is to keep a clean sheet. If we can keep doing those things, then we can improve but this is just the first win."