Leeds chief Simon Grayson lauded Ross McCormack for his winning goal four minutes from time in their 2-1 victory over Bristol City in the npower Championship at Elland Road.
Leeds had been reduced to ten men from the 65th minute with the dismissal of Patrick Kisnorbo.
Grayson said: "Ross was in the right place at the right time and showed a striker's instinct. We could have been two or three goals up in the opening minutes but in the end we ground out the result. Andy's penalty save came at a vital time of the match and I had no quarrel with Paddy's sending-off.
"He's the fourth player we've had dismissed this season but we are not a dirty team. We were unfortunate with the other three."
City boss Keith Millen admitted Jamal Campbell-Ryce's disallowed goal just before the end came after Jon Stead had fouled Lonergan, but he added: "We made the worst start possible by conceding a third-minute goal but Neil Kilkenny's goal got us back into it.
"When they went down to 10 men we should have scored from the resultant penalty and that's two we've now missed this season.
"I wasn't happy with the way we conceded the late goal, either. If you give away goals like that you don't win football matches."