Doncaster rang in the new with a touch of the old as they lifted themselves off the bottom of the npower Championship with a well-earned 2-0 win in a pulsating local derby.
Since manager Dean Saunders was appointed, Rovers have brought in a number of unattached stars and loan players to try to help them out of trouble. But, with El-Hadji Diouf and several others missing through injury and suspension, Rovers had to rely largely on the 'old guard' for this match and they turned up trumps with a tremendous display.
Saunders said: "It's a great result for us and some of the players really stepped up to the plate today. I thought all of them were brilliant and that's probably the hardest we've worked as a group since I've been here. The attitude and character in the team was tremendous and we scored two great goals to top it off."
He added: "We didn't play well when we lost at Barnsley in November and the players didn't need any motivating today.
"I'm going to find it hard to leave any of them out after a performance like that."
Barnsley boss Keith Hill had no complaints about the result and said: "Sometimes you have to hand credit to the opposition.
"They pressed us from the start and did a good job on us - and when the first goal went in it was always uphill for us.
"I'm disappointed with the result but I couldn't ask for any more from my players.
"I was really encouraged by some of our play but the final ball let us down and our decision making wasn't as sharp as it has been.
"It's been a busy period for everyone and it looked as if a bit of tiredness crept into our play."