Craig Conway and Paul Downing made their third and second league starts of the season respectively for Rovers, and slotted into the starting XI with ease on Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday.
Downing was a monster at the back as he marshalled Steven Fletcher and substitute Atdhe Nuhiu throughout the game, was strong and aggressive in the challenge, and then turned provider in part of the move for Bradley Dack's goal against the Owls in the emphatic 4-2 win.
Conway was back on the left flank and rolled back the years with a vintage display, tormenting Wednesday full back Liam Palmer for the full 90 minutes.
The Tony Mowbray was chuffed to see the pair perform so well after coming in from the cold.
“We had problems with our back four in the build up to the game," Mowbray explained after the game.
"Amari’i Bell pulled out late with a tight hamstring, Darragh Lenihan didn’t make it and Jack Rodwell had concussion after getting a whack earlier this week at Wigan.
“Total credit goes to Paul Downing. He hasn’t made the bench in recent weeks, but he came in and was so solid today. I’m delighted for him.
“I’m delighted for Craig Conway as well. He’s another one who got his chance due to injuries. Wow, he showed what a quality footballer he is. He was fantastic today.
"I thought the wide two players, Craig on the left and Reedy on the right, were exceptional.
“For me, it’s great when players on the periphery come back and are part of a winning team. It makes my job easier but harder for the next game, which is only a good thing!"