Blackburn shrugged off the disappointment of being dumped out of the Uefa Cup in midweek with a hard fought 2-1 home win over Birmingham.
When these two clubs met ten days ago in the Carling Cup Rovers were comfortable 3-0 winners and after David Bentley had given them a first half lead followed by a second from substitute Benni McCarthy from the penalty spot just after the break, it looked like a repeat scoreline was possible.
"I thought it was a big performance by us," said the Rovers boss.
"We were a little bit off the pace in the first half and that was a consequence of our efforts on Thursday night.
"In the second half we got our second wind and were good value for the win in the end. Obviously we had to withstand a few high balls into the box near the end but we showed our qualities with the walking wounded we had out there today.
"We stuck at it and got the three points we deserved."