Tony Mowbray was thrilled to see debutant Tyler Magloire play his part in a win and a clean sheet in the victory against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night.
Thrown in at the deep end, the young centre back, who joined the Rovers Academy aged just nine, started and finished the 3-0 victory over Paul Cook's side.
The 20-year-old produced some notable blocks and was assured when up against Blackburn-born Joe Garner in the Latics' attack.
And speaking afterwards, Mowbray reserved special praise for the powerful defender.
“I’m delighted with everyone, we’re back to winning ways and had a young lad making his debut, our experienced centre halves were injured and we managed to get the job done," the boss told iFollow Rovers.
“Tyler got an opportunity tonight and some of our other young players will play before the end of the season.
“He has aspects of his game that he has to improve on but for a young boy he has a steely determination about him.
"Nobody beats him in a foot race, he’s a got a hunger about him and that’s fantastic attributes for a defender to have.
“He’s a good kid. I’m delighted for him. And we needed him tonight," Tony added.
“With respect to Ryan [Nyambe] and Derrick [Williams], I didn’t feel as if it was a natural two in a back four, both being full backs by trade. Tyler sat in the centre of them and was assured."