Liam Moore spoke of the mentality behind Reading's tenacity shown against Blackburn Rovers in midweek, after a crucial 2-1 victory at Madejski Stadium.
The Royals took the lead on the stroke of half time through John Swift, but Amari'i Bell equalised for Rovers eight minutes from time in a quick counter attack.
But Nélson Oliveira fired Reading back in front four minutes later to secure all three points in dramatic fashion in front of the RG2 faithful.
With results elsewhere in the Championship meaning teams around the Royals in the table were picking up points, Moore said the squad had to show initiative to be able to climb out of the bottom three on Wednesday night.
“We saw the results yesterday and previously we’d been lucky with things going on around us, but we needed to take matters into our own hands tonight," he explained.
“We went a goal up, probably when we didn’t deserve to, to be honest. But we ground out the second half, then conceded late on and that was quite disheartening. But we kept going, and we got the result.
“That’s what it’s going to take for this run-in now. There are going to be blips, I wouldn’t say we had our best game tonight, but it’s about the character.
“We kept going together and ultimately got the result we needed so badly."
Moore admits that the first half wasn't up to scratch from a Reading point of view, but John Swift's goal still put the Royals in front at the interval.
Despite going in ahead at the break, Moore revealed: "We were very frustrated at half time, to be honest. We didn’t play anywhere near the way we wanted to, but it’s not always going to go our way.
“We’ve had games where we’ve not got the result, but we’ve had 60-70% possession, looked great but hadn’t had the final product. Today, we didn’t look so good on the eye, but we kept going and got the result.
“We need to keep matters in our own hands, we did that again tonight by winning. We need to look forward now instead of back, great result, enjoy it tonight, wake up tomorrow and then it’s all heads on Saturday.
“Recover, then get going again.”