The Barnsley FC Head Coach was full of praise for his charges following a draw against the league leaders at Oakwell.
With just one defeat in their last 16 games and 8 wins from their last 10, top of the table Wolverhampton Wanderers were always going to be a difficult proposition for the Reds.
But in a game that came to life in the second half, defenders on both sides took the acclaim whilst the clear-cut chances that were created in an end-to-end encounter were squandered.
Reds Gaffer, Heckingbottom reserved praise for his back four, in particular Andy Yiadom who was a surprise late inclusion in his starting XI.
"I thought the two centre backs were excellent," he told iFollow after the game.
"But I have to give a mention to Yids (Andy Yiadom). He'd not trained all week, and if we were going off what the scans were telling us, he'd be looking at another two weeks out.
"But he trained on Friday, the only day that he has, and then he's gone out there and performed like that. So he deserves an enormous amount of credit."
The display on show was rightly praised by all in attendance, with even Hecky's opposite number in Wolves supremo Nuno Espirito Santo quick to commend the Barnsley performance.
It served as a reminder, Heckingbottom explained, of what exactly needs to happen if the Reds are to continue competing and progressing at this level.
He said: "Everyone should remember this, not just the players, but if we're going to compete then everyone has got to do their job, everyone's got to be organised, everyone has to give everything for each other.
"We can't have £13,000,000 players on the bench and £16,000,000 Champions League players in our team. It's never going to happen.
"This is a big step up for lots of our players but it doesn't mean we can't beat those teams. To compete, we have to get everything right, and today I felt we did that."
You can watch Paul's post-match interview over on iFollow.