JONNY Howson felt Norwich City's display brought it's just rewards on Saturday, in the form of a 2-0 Sky Bet Championship win over Barnsley.
The hosts had the best of the game at Carrow Road, deservedly collecting an important three points under the guidance of caretaker manager Alan Irvine to bolster their chances of a potential play-off push.
Reflecting after the match, Howson told Norwich City TV: "The first half was fairly comfortable then the second half could have been a little bit better at times.
"On the whole, it was a professional performance. We were solid for the majority of the game and scored two goals as well.
"Michael [McGovern] made a terrific save just after half-time, and if they score then it's a completely different game. It's his job to stay switched on, so fair play to him.
"The second goal, however it comes, was needed and things like that can happen sometimes. After that it was just a case of seeing the game out."
Explaining the impact of Irvine since he was placed in temporary charge just over a week ago, Howson added: "Not a great deal has changed because Alan and Frankie were here with Alex.
"We were working hard anyway, even if the results might not reflect that. As players we have to carry on regardless.
"Alan has been around the game and has the experience at this level, so he's just carried that on. He's honest with the lads, as he was before, he's just kept things ticking over if you like.
"We are where we are [in the table], we can't change that. Anything can still happen, the gap is five points with eight games to go so we've still got a chance."