Joe Lolley was pleased with the way Nottingham Forest ground out the victory to book their place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
The Reds had led 3-0 against Stoke City but ended up winning 3-2 following Diogo Goncalves's red card, and Lolley was just happy to make it through.
Speaking after the game, he said: "It should have been more comfortable than it was. I thought we played very well and the sending off, I haven't seen it back, but we managed to grind it out and we are pleased to be in the next round.
"You would always like to finish every chance you get but the main thing is that we are creating chances. We are on the front foot, putting in the performances and getting the reward.
"It was a bit of a grind being down to 10 men but the lads who finished the game did brilliantly to see it out. We played really well in the first half especially and the start of the second half and it was a joy to play in.
"It is a bit of a fortress for us at the moment. Since the Brentford game we have had a few meetings and we needed things to sort out. Now we have a way of playing that really suits us, we are more aggressive and on the front foot and it is working."
After three home wins in a week, Lolley would like another tie at The City Ground in the next round when the draw is made on Saturday evening.
"Usually we would like a home tie," he said. "It is always good to play here and we always fancy ourselves against anyone really. A home tie is always a good one.
"We have already knocked out a Premier League side and Stoke are a good side too. As long as the draw is kind to us then you never know how far you can go. We will look to go as far as we can and we have the squad to do it."