Bruce said: "We deserved the win. We were the better side from the start. We could have made it a bit easier for ourselves if we had taken one or two other chances but the response was fantastic.
"We had a poor performance at Middlesbrough and things were said about that but we got what we wanted today - a performance. Six or seven of the lads are only aged 21-22 and they will make mistakes.
"Many of them haven't played at this level but their efforts and endeavour was excellent.
"We're under no illusions about the task we face. We have to try and target games like Derby, Sunderland and Bolton and anything else after that is a bonus."