Goalkeeper Jack Butland made three top-drawer saves to help the Reds to their first away win of the season at Brighton on Tuesday night.
The on-loan Stoke goalkeeper was on hand to deny three key chances from Craig Conway and Will Buckley, but hailed his team-mates who showed bravery on the ball to emerge 2-1 victors.
“It’s what you live for - as a ‘keeper you want to help the team as much as you can,” Butland told barnsleyfc.co.uk. “As much as you like to keep a clean sheet with nothing to do, it’s always nice to contribute and help out the team. It was a fantastic team performance from everyone.
“I’m really pleased I managed to help out and make the saves to help get the win which we fully deserved.”
A goal in each half from Paddy McCourt and Jacob Mellis – both scored after individual brilliance and team-work - saw the Reds take their first three points on the road since a 3-2 victory over Middlesbrough back in February.
“We played with the ball very well and moved it around well,” added Butland.
“Credit to everyone. It’s a tough time. It’s the first time I’ve been involved in a situation like this where a Manager has had to leave whilst I’ve been in the team.
“It was important we came together, worked hard as a team and were brave and confident.
“What we felt was we had nothing to lose. What we have to start showing is that we’re a talented group. We showed a lot of belief which is important after everything that’s happened.”
This Saturday the Reds head to another club vying for promotion in Burnley – who sit third in the table.
“We’re going away and it’s going to be a tough game again,” said Butland. “But we’ve shown we can play with fluidity and freedom, so it’s about showing that again. We’ve got to be fearless and brave - it’s the only way we can get out of this situation. Winning is what counts now and that’s what we’re going to go there to do.”