Gary Bowyer was delighted as Rovers ground out a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Doncaster at Ewood Park.
The manager had warned that the match against Doncaster Rovers was never going to be easy and it proved to be correct in a match of contrasts.
After a first half in which the home side dominated at Ewood Park, they only had Rudy Gestede's first goal on home soil to show for it.
Their profligacy in front of goal could have proved costly as the visitors came more into the match in the second half, but Rovers stood strong to claim all three points, Paul Robinson making two vital saves in added time.
"It was a massive three points and a massive test," Bowyer told Radio Rovers after the game.
"I would go as far as saying that, bar the cup game against Manchester City, that was the hardest game we have had this season.
"You have to take your hat off to Doncaster and Paul Dickov, we couldn't get out of our half in the second half.
"That said, in the first half we were outstanding, it was a game of two halves, it really was, we should have been out of sight in the first half, that is something that we have to work on, we have to be more ruthless.
"But the spirit, character, desire, passion and determination was immense in the second half, typified by Robbo's saves at the end."
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