The 22-year-old shot-stopper has a more prominent part to play between now and the end of the season, with every Sheffield United attack started at his door.
Defenders are being encouraged to take the ball from the keeper and build from the back, with Ramsdale given the responsibility of making that decision between when to go long and when to go short.
"Since I have been working with him, he's been excellent," Heckingbottom said.
"I actually think he's been excellent for the past couple of months now.
"He's really grown in the position, taken a lot of responsibility. We know what a good goalkeeper he is, we have all seen it before.
"He was really strong and assured against Leeds. Most things were easy for him to deal with, but he had a couple of big moments, which were good, and his decisions from goal kicks, when to play and when to go long, I thought were very good.
"He's really keen to do that and we are really keen to utilise that."