Alan Irvine revealed the Sheffield Wednesday dressing room was like a morgue after his side's 1-0 win over Leyton Orient but insisted: "Nobody gets promotion without having to win ugly."
Lewis Buxton's goal early in the second half gave the Owls a victory they scarcely deserved to extend their unbeaten run to four games. The goal came when Gary Teale's 52nd-minute corner was met by Buxton at the far post with a firm downward header.
Yet Owls boss Irvine admitted: "It was strange because the dressing-room was like a morgue after the game. The players know they didn't play as well as they can do.
He added: "You want to win in style but I'd take a lot more like that if we can achieve what we want to achieve. Nobody gets promotion without having to win ugly.
"It doesn't matter if you're Barcelona or Manchester United or anyone else, sometimes you have to grind out results."
Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade looked on the bright side despite his side's defeat.
He said: "I thought we were magnificent at times and there are lots of positives for me to take out of the game.
"We played some fantastic football and we've got to keep believing. I counted five fantastic opportunities for us in the first half and there was just that one lapse of concentration which cost us in the second half.
"I'm sure things will turn around. I think if we keep playing like we're playing, it's impossible for results not to change."
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