Jos Luhukay claimed his first league win on Tuesday.
Sheffield Wednesday ended a run of seven games without a win with a 2-0 victory at home to promotion chasing Derby County on Tuesday night.
Lucas Joao scored once in each half to seal the victory and earn manager Jos Luhukay his first league win in charge. The win moves them up to 15th, nine points clear of the relegation zone, so it was crucial they got the three points.
It has been a miserable season at Hillsborough. Wednesday had hopes of building on their play-off finishes in the last couple of seasons, but they have been far too inconsistent and have struggled to score enough goals.
There have been signs of improvement under Luhukay. The Dutchman has lost just one of his eight games in charge, guided the club into the fifth round of the FA Cup and seen his team keep five clean sheets during his reign.
There is no doubt the Owls are tougher to beat, but a first league victory under their new boss could be the tonic that puts them on a winning run.
Wednesday have been descimated with injuries this term with 11 first-team regular's all sidelined. The likes of Gary Hooper, Kieran Lee, Barry Bannan and Kieren Westwood are all injured, Steven Fletcher has been ruled out for the rest of the season according to the Yorkshire Post and Fernando Forestieri has been out for the majority of the campaign.
It was important that Luhukay found a winning formula with what he had and to do it against Derby, who are eyeing an automatic promotion spot, will breed confidence. Lucas Joao and Atdhe Nuhiu have found goal-scoring form of late, so that gives Wednesday hope ahead of their next Championship game against Millwall on Tuesday.
A win at the Den will see the Owls leapfrog Millwall into 14th and they will be hoping key players start returning and, if they can get near to a fully fit squad, there is no reason why Wednesday cannot put a run together and push towards the top 12.