The Owls got their just rewards from a dramatic clash with Preston at Hillsborough on Saturday, said head coach Carlos Carvalhal.
The ten-man hosts beat the nine-man visitors by the odd goal in three and Carvalhal was pleased with the maximum haul.
He said: “We deserved to win this game, for sure. In the pre-match, I said Preston are a tough team to beat, they play very compact and are very organised.
“They won at Norwich, they drew with Brighton so we knew we must play well to win this game.
“We started well and got the goal and I have to say, the attitude of the players was fantastic as we picked up three separate injuries.
“We lose Ross Wallace, Glenn Loovens and Will Buckley and we had to see the character of the team to win the game.
“It was a difficult game and we deserved to win.”
On the three red cards that punctuated a hard-fought contest, Carvalhal said:
“I did not see the incident with Fernando so I cannot really say but I am told the decision was correct.
“I saw what happened with the two Preston players and, of course, this helped us because it meant the game was very close to being over.
“The most important thing is the points, which we have. We must wait for the reports from the doctor but we have no issues because we have a very good squad and players who can come into the positions if necessary.”