Rowett took temporary charge at the Pirelli Stadium after the club dispensed with the services of Paul Peschisolido following seven consecutive defeats. Albion were without a win since Boxing Day, but the victory has eased fears the club would be dragged into a relegation battle.
"I think you could see the relief on our faces at the end," said Rowett. "We've seen a fair few emotions recently and what this game has taught me is that you have stay focused and stick with your beliefs. I challenged the players on Saturday at Wimbledon because I wanted to get a few of them out of their comfort zone. I think what we've seen is one great answer - but it's only one win."
A Matt Fish own goal was enough to give Rowett his first win as temporary manager but the former Derby and Birmingham defender was pleased with the tactical discipline his side showed. He also felt Burton created enough chances to have won the game by a more comfortable scoreline.
"We kept our patience and we kept our discipline and I said all along that if we worked hard enough something would break for us. I think we deserved it because we created chances to make it two or three," he added.
"We spoke about doing the right things and staying nice and compact, because that was the big disappointment on Saturday. We're not good enough at the minute to leave big open spaces that invites teams to attack."
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