Brighton manager Gus Poyet heaped praise on Elliott Bennett after a comfortable 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday left the Seagulls needing one more win to guarantee promotion.
Bennett, who was subject to several approaches from Norwich in the transfer window, clinched Albion's 11th successive home win with a tremendous 20-yard drive 16 minutes from time after striker Chris Wood had put his side on their way with a 44th-minute penalty.
"Elliott is a very important player. That's why we didn't want to let him go," said Poyet. "He's the best striker of the ball at the club and what a strike it was to wrap up the win."
Brighton can secure a return to the Championship with another win at home to Dagenham on Tuesday and Poyet felt his men reacted to supporters anxiety by producing a thoroughly professional display.
He added: "I thought it was one of our best performances in the last two months. The lads were up for it, they knew that people were anxious and the condition of the pitch played a big part in helping to get us the win.
"It was difficult to pick out individual players, but Glenn Murray was vitally important to us and played a big part."
Owls manager Gary Megson said: "There were no positives. We're a Jekyll and Hyde team big style. Wednesday are too big a club to be in this division, but the fact is we are and we must deal with it.
"Brighton are the best side I've seen and they're not top of the league for nothing. They look comfortable in possession, in their passing and support play. In possession we didn't support the ball anywhere near as well as Brighton did."
Megson is demanding a much-improved display when Wednesday entertain Hartlepool next week.
He added: "After two good home wins we didn't play as we can do. It's frustrating for everyone and it's important we put this one to bed by doing a lot better in our next game."
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