Joey Gudjonsson believes Huddersfield Town's players have set their standard for the rest of the season.
Town came through their biggest test of the season so far and inflicted only a third defeat on table-topping Brighton on Saturday.
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They had to come from behind but showed they are up for the fight and midfielder Gudjonsson said: "We have set a standard with this performance.
"We showed we are prepared to battle but we can also play good football.
"We were disappointed to go 1-0 down after dominating for so long but we fought back to get a great win and that shows we have tremendous character in the side."
That character was questioned in a very public fashion by chairman Dean Hoyle after defeat at Oldham a month ago.
But goals from Jordan Rhodes – his fourth in three matches and 12th of the season – and Jamie McCombe cancelled out Glenn Murray's opener.
Brighton boss Gus Poyet, who was assistant to Dennis Wise at Leeds United, caused controversy when he criticised the performance of referee Andy Haines.
Poyet waved an imaginary red card from the touchline when Town skipper Peter Clarke was booked for bringing down Murray in the box in the first half.
Haines gave the penalty but Murray's spotkick was saved by Alex Smithies diving to his right.
Poyet was unhappy at several decisions – including when he claimed the ball had crossed the line late on – and he accused Haines of being swayed by a passionate home crowd.
"The noise of the stadium got into the head of the referee," said Poyet. "It was like he was making decisions for Manchester United at Old Trafford."
Town boss Lee Clark thought opposite number Poyet had gone over the top with his red card gesture.
"I have a lot of respect for Gus Poyet," he said. "I have played against him at the highest level and he is doing a really good job at Brighton but to be honest it's not in my nature to be going round doing things like that.
"I appreciate it can be heated at times. It was a passionate game but it is hard enough to be a manager watching from the sidelines without going around waving imaginary red cards about."
Chris Wood, on loan from West Brom, hit the outside of the Town post early in the second half before Murray broke the deadlock stabbing home Elliott Bennett's cross as he went in with Lee Peltier.
Town equalised just two minutes later when Rhodes headed home a practised Gary Roberts free-kick routine. Big centre-back Jamie McCombe continues to be a danger when up for set pieces and he bagged the
winner when he lifted a header over Casper Ankergren.
The game ended in ugly scenes as players squared up to each other after the final whistle and Clark ran onto the field to prevent trouble.
Clark condemned the "antics" of Poyet and the Brighton bench while Poyet branded Clark and company "hypocrites" for criticising him while challenging every decision.