Matt Miazga spoke highly of Reading's response to defeat in midweek after a well-earned 2-0 win over Barnsley at Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The American international returned from a six-week injury absence to slot in the Reading defence and play all 90 minutes on Saturday, with the Royals keeping the Tykes at bay throughout in a resolute performance.
Goals from Yakou Méïté and George Pușcaș either side of half time gave the Royals all three points against the Reds, who had won their previous three matches going into the weekend's game.
Speaking after the final whistle at Madejski Stadium, Miazga said: "It's a 2-0 win and it's good to return, the manager spoke with me on Thursday and said 'are you ready?' and I said yeah.
"I got a couple of sessions in with the team, and I feel good - completing 90 minutes and, more importantly, a clean sheet for the team.
"To be fair, we let Barnsley have the ball more than they should have in the second half, but I didn't really feel like they were going to break us down.
"The only chances they had were finishes outside the box, but they couldn't finish them. Overall I thought we played well and I really want to highlight our midfield, they ran a lot and really worked their tails off. Big credit to them.
"Right at the end of the first half, Rafael made a brilliant save. He always comes up big for us, we know that he's always there to protect us and bail us out sometimes.
"All of the lads put in a great shift today. A lot of running, and I'm happy that we won. We knew we needed a reaction because we knew Wednesday night wasn't good enough.
"Now, we got that reaction. Obviously, there were things we could improve on in the game and we all know that, but the most important thing was the win to build up that positive feel.
"Then we go again on Tuesday in the FA Cup Fifth Round - it's a big game, and we're looking forward to that."