First-team coach Andy Garner was keen to impress the importance of getting back to winning ways after Burton recorded a 2-0 victory over struggling Cardiff.
The Brewers won a Sky Bet Championship game for the first time in six attempts as Jackson Irvine and Lucas Akins scored the goals at the Pirelli Stadium.
“It was incredibly important for us to get the win heading into the international break” said Garner.
“We looked at these games against QPR and Cardiff over this week and I think we would have settled for four points out of six coming off the back of two defeats.
Irvine’s 12th-minute opener, sweeping home Jamie Ward’s headed knockdown, got Burton off to a great start and Akins’ third of the season came just four minutes after the break.
“We have gone all out today to try and get the three points,” added Garner. “Thankfully the players have put on a performance today and got us the points that we really wanted.
“There is still a lot more to come from this group. We got stuck in the middle a bit in the last 10 minutes between going for a third goal or making sure we got the clean sheet.
“Today is a fantastic clean sheet for us. The back three and the keeper all did their jobs very well.”
Cardiff head coach Paul Trollope was left to bemoan poor defending as the Bluebirds failed to emulate their performance in last week’s win at Rotherham.
“We felt that we prepared well for the game,” he said. “We came off the back of a disappointing game against Derby but a good away win at Rotherham last week.
“We were trying to build upon that on the road but we shot ourselves in the foot conceding, from our point of view, a soft goal in the early period of the game.
“That was backed up by a disappointing goal from a set play early in the second period that killed any real hopes of getting back into the game despite there still being a long time left.
“We spoke at length before the game about our defending but the manner of both goals was soft.
“Whatever we produce between the penalty areas, whatever pressure we put them under, credit to Burton, when we asked them to defend their box they did.”