Dave Jones felt his Sheffield Wednesday side fully deserved their win after Michail Antonio's last-gasp goal gave the Owls a 2-1 victory over Carlisle.
The win moved Wednesday to within a point of city rivals Sheffield United in the race for automatic promotion from npower League One.
Antonio struck five minutes into added time after James Berrett looked to have earned a point for the Cumbrians with a half-volley to cancel out Chris Lines's scuffed opener.
"It would've been a travesty if we'd lost it or not come away with maximum points because I think we've created over 20 chances," said Wednesday boss Jones. "It would've been so hard on us but we kept going and we kept playing and we got our rewards.
"In the first half I think if we'd come in at half-time four or five-nil up, I don't think anybody would've been surprised after that performance. Well done to the players because they kept going.
"The fans were superb because they got right behind everybody and it could've been easy to have a moan and a groan and everything else."
Carlisle boss Greg Abbott refused to be too downbeat following the defeat at Hillsborough, and said there will be more twists and turns in the play-off race.
"I'm so disappointed for the group but there's optimism for the future and if we don't quite make it this year we have to build again and make it next year," said Abbott, whose side are three points adrift of sixth-placed Stevenage.
"But if we win two games you never know. There'll be twists and turns, you didn't expect Notts County to get beat earlier but they have. I think Sheffield United got beaten as well, you didn't expect it but they have.
"Wigan beat some small club the other week - was it Manchester United? So it happens to us all."