Last Updated: Sat, 16 Mar 2013 21:49
Derby boss Nigel Clough hailed his side's battling qualities following a much-needed 2-1 win over Leicester at Pride Park.
Goals from Richard Keogh and Chris Martin the Rams in charge before Jeff Schlupp gave Leicester hope, but the home side weathered second half pressure to move six points clear of the bottom three.
Clough said: "It was probably the worst we've played at home this season in terms of the football we played but in terms of determination and sheer bloody-mindedness, that was as good a three points as we've had in the last few seasons.
"Our defending was a little bit better. We conceded one which we're not too happy with but I thought generally we had people throwing themselves at the ball on the edge of the box and the two centre halves were outstanding.
"The results before the game put us in a more precarious position than we would have liked so it's a relief for everybody. We should not be in this position - but we are."
Clough is hoping to keep Martin, whose loan spell from Norwich ended after the game, adding: "I think he wants to stay and that's the main thing."
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