Blackburn boss Steve Kean said his team were on their "last legs" as they beat Norwich to give them an "excellent" chance of Premier League survival.
Rovers overtook Bolton but remain three points off safety following goals by Mauro Formica and Junior Hoilett.
Kean will now have to call on players who took injections against the Canaries to get through the game.
"Gael Givet has been a total warrior. He took an injection at half-time, he didn't want to come off," Kean said.
"He had a severe dead leg, and he found it hard to shake off so the doctor has not only given him a pain-killing injection but also to Bradley Orr. The guys just don't want to come off the pitch.
"There are people really on their last legs playing with injuries, players with lots of fatigue, that don't want to come off and want to back each other up.
"That's the reason why we got the points today and made it look a bit more comfortable because Norwich are a very good team."
Givet was restored to the side after a reported fall-out with Kean, while the Scottish manager also said Steven Nzonzi was "rested" after playing continuously had caught up with him.
The 2-0 win over Paul Lambert's side stopped a run of five consecutive defeats but it did not stop a section of fans again calling for Kean and owners Venky's to leave the club.
Kean said it did not affect his side's display. "To be honest we had one focus today and it was pretty simple," Kean added. "It was to win and get three points for Blackburn Rovers and that's what we've done and that's all I want to say."
They now face trips to Tottenham and Chelsea either side of a home fixture with Wigan in an attempt to stay in the Premier League.
"We've got a very good chance," Kean said. "Wigan have to come here and we've already been to Anfield, Goodison and Old Trafford, really tough away grounds and managed to get something.
"So why can't we go to White Hart Lane and Stamford Bridge and get something? I think we've got an excellent chance."