Derby County midfielder Jeff Hendrick says the victory over Huddersfield Town and a 5-0 demolition of Wolves were the ideal response to successive Championship defeats.
The Rams moved to the top of the table after Saturday's triumph over their fellow promotion hopefuls.
Hendrick told BBC Radio Derby: "We wanted to put down a marker and get back to playing the way we can.
"With two bad results everyone was trying to get on our back."
|Rams replace Cherries on top|
|Derby and second-placed Bournemouth have both scored 33 goals and conceded 16 so far this season. The Rams moved top of the Championship from fourth after their 5-0 against Wolves, overtaking the Cherries who were held to a 0-0 draw at fellow high-flyers Middlesbrough.|
And Hendrick, 22, feels they returned to their best with a convincing display on Saturday.
"We had a little bit of a bad spell and got back to playing our sort of game on Tuesday and again against Wolves," the Republic of Ireland international said. "We were really focused.
"The effort all the lads put in and how hard we worked just showed out there and everyone's come off the pitch tired. The win was well deserved.
"It's a massive result for us and shows that teams are going to find it hard to play us at home."
Derby have lost only one of their 11 games in all competitions at the iPro Stadium this season, scoring 23 goals and conceding nine.
The international break means the Rams do not play again until Saturday, 22 November when they travel to face Watford.
Hendrick added: "When you're on a roll you'd like to keep going, but with seven games in 21 days it's a bit tiring, so we're happy with the break."