Manager Gary Megson could not hide his delight after Sheffield Wednesday recorded a fifth straight home league win with a 3-0 victory over Exeter at Hillsborough.
Gary Madine scored twice to take his total to nine goals in his last seven league appearances after midfielder James O'Connor had poked the Owls in front five minutes before half-time.
Megson said: "I'm delighted. I'm more than pleased because I thought Exeter paid us a huge compliment going with the shape they did and the way they set out to play."
He added: "It's not a criticism but it was a shape that was to not get beat and try and nick something.
"We struggled a little bit in the early stages to cope with it but I thought once we started passing the ball a lot quicker and more precisely, and started to get the ball out wide, we started to look much more like it and ran out really worthy winners."
Megson was also full of praise for Madine after his two goals, saying: "He's now looking like the player he should be. He's worked hard and he's closed down."
Exeter manager Paul Tisdale had no complaints about the result but was not too disappointed with his side.
Tisdale said: "The stronger side won. I'm not overly disappointed with the way my team played but in the vital areas and with some of the basics Wednesday were better, especially around the goalmouth area.
"There were elements to our game that I was very pleased with.
"Box-to-box, I thought we were bright and moved the ball very well but that doesn't make goals and doesn't save goals. I think realistically the stronger side won so I've got no issues with that."
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