Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi was delighted to claim victory in his second East Midlands derby of the season following the 1-0 win over Derby County.
Lewis Grabban's seventh goal of the season settled a tight encounter on Trentside and Lamouchi was satisfied with his side's second-half display which he believed was a marked improvement on the first 45 minutes.
Speaking after the game, he said: "It was a difficult, emotional game and maybe that is why we found it difficult in the first half. The second half was much better and fortunately they made a mistake at the back and Grabbs produced another fantastic finish like the killer that he is.
"It was important for us to be compact, patient and focused and in the end I think we deserved the victory because in the second half we went out for the three points. After the goal, I put more attacking players on the field to try and get that second goal but it wasn't meant to be.
"We will enjoy our rest now, go and spend some time with our families and then make sure we are ready for the next game. It has been a good day, the perfect way to spend my birthday, and I am happy that our supporters could enjoy it too.
"When we play with this sort of attitude and character then we can always win games like this. We know we can still play better and control the ball better but it is important that we take three points when we don't play at our best.
"It is a fantastic result and I'm happy because we've made our fans proud of the players. Now we can go into the international break with a positive mentality before we come back to play Bristol City."