Martyn Waghorn was delighted with the overall performance from Derby County as they secured a 2-0 home victory over Hull City.
The Rams forward grabbed both goals to mark the 100th and 101st strikes of his career and take his total of the season to eight.
The win moved Frank Lampard’s side to five games unbeaten with three victories and two draws coming in both Sky Bet Championship and FA Cup.
The side also recorded their third consecutive clean sheet and Waghorn was keen to praise the side’s defensive showings in recent games, which has provided Derby's attacking players the confidence to push forward.
Following the game, the 29-year-old told RamsTV: “In terms of how well Hull have been doing and us needing points to gain a bit of momentum, it was an overall good performance from the lads and gives us a lot of confidence going forward.
“That’s three clean sheets on the bounce now, which is quietly important in this league and I think the boys at the back have defended ever so well in these last few games to give us front boys a platform to really go and build on.
“We have a lot of energy up top and knowing you have a solid back four gives us a bit of confidence to go forward.”
Waghorn marked his landmark goal with a sensational finish past David Marshall.
Duane Holmes sent the ball through the legs of his marker to Waghorn in the area, but his initial shot was batted away by the Tigers’ keeper. The rebound fell back to the Rams’ No. 9 to volley into the back of the net.
“It was brilliant from Duane Holmes,” Waghorn said. “I thought he was going to chip it over in front, but he managed to drill it through and thankfully I was onside and the rebound fell to me.
“It was a good save at first, I just thought get it down, get it on target and hopefully it goes in and thankfully it did.”
His second came from fantastic work by teenage full-back Jayden Bogle whose pressure paid off by the corner flag to regain possession and feed Waghorn in the box for a clinical finish.
The forward said the build-up to the goal exemplified the way Lampard wants his team to play.
“That is what we base our game on, winning the ball back high up and they did that in the far corner.
“It was great pressure and great determination to get it out and Boges with a little trickery. I just found myself half a yard in the box and thankfully nestled it in the bottom corner.”
Waghorn moved to a central role upfront in place of Jack Marriott, who has been out of action with a slight injury.
He said he was thrilled to have the opportunity but determined to keep working hard and play wherever he is needed.
“I was delighted, it has been a while. I’ve played out wide a lot, tried my best and given 100 percent,” he said.
“I got my chance playing down the middle and hopefully I can keep working hard, keep building on that performance knowing I’m ready to do whatever to win and achieve. I just want to keep working hard and keep getting better.”