Nottingham Forest's Ben Osborn says the substitutions made the difference in Saturday's excellent 3-0 victory over Hull City.
The midfielder, who filled in at left-back yesterday, was impressed with the result and heaped praise on his teammates who showed patience as The Reds boosted their play-off hopes.
Speaking after the game, he said: "I think especially in the second-half we started taking the game to them a little bit more, made the substitutions and they made the difference.
"We started playing a bit more football in their half and then it ended up being a comfortable win in the end.
"It was definitely a case of being patient. I think that is something that we haven't been too great with at times at The City Ground.
"We've not panicked, we've stuck to our principles and we know we have got people on the bench that can hurt them late on and that is what has happened today."
Martin O'Neill's side are only two points off the play-off positions following yesterday's results and now face another important game against Aston Villa at The City Ground on Wednesday night, and Osborn is keen to secure back-to-back wins for the first time since September.
"That is four wins on the bounce at home now, so we are confident playing at home," he said.
"We were confident going into the Stoke game as well, but we conceded a sloppy goal and our game plan went, but we need to start putting back-to-back wins together and then we can start looking up.
"We need to just concentrate on ourselves. We've got a big game on Wednesday, so we need a similar performance, if not raise it a little bit more, then hopefully come out of the week with a good amount of points and then see where are at the international break.
"For me personally, I'm not looking at the table or anything until we put back-to-back wins together because if we have any aspirations of going up, we need to learn to do that."