Tony Mowbray felt the side's hard work reaped deserved rewards as Rovers collected their first points of the season with a 1-0 win over Bradford City.
Dominic Samuel's second half header - his third goal in as many outings - was enough to settle the hard-fought match in Rovers' favour, and inflict a first home league defeat for 18 months on the Bantams.
The Rovers boss felt their play should have been better at times, but was pleased they were able to match their opponents physicality to claim the three points.
"I asked for 100% effort, graft and commitment and I think that's what we got," said the Rovers boss.
"I want us to be better footballers, I want us to play to the strikers better, to deliver the ball into the box better in the final third, but generally I could ask no more of them today.
"This league is hugely physical and everybody gives everything they've got and if you don't match that then you aren't going to win many football matches.
"Today it showed them a lesson really that if we give that effort and desire then we are going to be difficult to beat and will win some matches."
Rovers are back in action this Wednesday night when Burnley are the visitors to Ewood Park in the second round of the Carabao Cup.
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