Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock spoke to the press and media following an Easter Monday victory over Nottingham Forest, with Aron Gunnarsson’s goal settling the tie.
“I'm delighted,” began the City boss. “I know people say we have nothing to play for, but I told the lads to have pride in their performance today.
"The Championship is a hard league, an unforgiving league. You have to be on your mettle nearly every week.
"I thought there was a lot of positivity, but I did say that there would only be one goal in it. It had that feeling in it. I thought they came to have a go, as well."
Although the Bluebirds are certain of a mid-table finish this season, Warnock was keen to stress the importance of ending on a high, and also highlighted the significance of squad rotation.
“You can say there's nothing at stake, but we want to get as many points as we can.
"Today one or two of the players came back in, like Peltier. We gave him an hour, and I thought he did really well. Now I know he'll be ready for pre-season, so there's no need to rush him now.
"There were a lot of other plusses. I tried to get Mark Harris on today, but couldn't quite do it. But there are still three games left, so hopefully we can give him some game time at some stage.”
The gaffer also praised Fans Man of the Match and game-winner Aron Gunnarsson, whose superb strike from the edge of the box was the difference between the two sides.
“It was a cracking finish. He usually whacks the pigeon on top of the stand when he shoots like that, but the goalkeeper had no chance. It just looked like a missile the way it went in.
"It was a great celebration, he's a great lad. A very important part of the squad, but I think he can do even better.
"We're trying to get more from the wide players too. We need more competition for places, improve the squad and have more choices.”