Brentford defender Yoann Barbet admitted that the win at Birmingham was nearly more of the Bees' supporters than the squad.
The west Londoners saw Harlee Dean, Maxime Colin and Jota depart for the Midlands at the end of August but it was Brentford who ended up victorious.
And Barbet paid tribute to the travelling 760 supporters who made the trip up the M40 on a Wednesday evening.
He said: “I think it was nearly more for the fans than for us. I knew they expected us to win because we had three players joining Birmingham.
“It wasn't our best game so far. We knew how to stay strong but we did it and after 60, 65 minutes when Neal came on we had a few chances and we deserved it. They hit the post from 40 yards, but they didn't have a lot.”
The Frenchman has been on the bench in recent games but came on at out of position at left back after Henrik Dalsgaard's injury.
He added: “It's not my position but I've played a few games at left back. You're always happy to come on and I did my job as best as I possibly could and we won 2-0 at the end.”
Brentford have shown their flair going forward in recent games but it was a defensive steel that saw them to victory at St Andrews.
Barbet reflected: “It was about being tight and keep the ball when we have it. We didn't waste the ball and try to get out.
“We tried to play long down the channel. We had a clear run. It wasn't the game we're used to playing but we won so it's good for us. It's eight unbeaten now.”