Despite the positives, Wednesday's struggles on the road continue.
Carlos Carvalhal has revealed that he was delighted for Gary Hooper, after the striker notched his first goal for Sheffield Wednesday during the midweek clash with MK Dons, the Sheffield Star reports.
The 27-year-old had made seven appearances in all competitions for the Owls without finding the back of the net before his late strike against Karl Robinson's side. And while the goal could not prevent defeat, Carvalhal was pleased that his loan signing has finally got off the mark.
"Gary is a goalscorer," he said. "We didn't have many chances at MK but he scored. It's very important for his motivation and confidence."
The forward has been prolific during spells with Scunthorpe and Celtic in the past, but in recent times he has become somewhat lost at both his parent club and at Hillsborough due to both teams possessing plenty of options in that area of the field.
Six of his seven Championship appearances for the Owls have come from the bench, which made it vital that he staked a claim to be considered as a potential starter for the remainder of his loan spell. And while it came in a defeat, his goal against the Dons may have just done enough to show Carvalhal why he was brought to the club in the first place.