"They've shown everybody what the Premier League is all about, with their honesty and integrity. We had large periods of the game where we looked in control but you have to last for the entirety and in the end Michael Carrick's wonder goal settled it.
"Changing the mentality has been difficult over the last few weeks but it was back tonight. It's such performances that have got us to where we were in the league.
"I've been trying for 10 years to get a result against them and I thought tonight would be the night I got it but it wasn't to be. Overall I couldn't wish for anymore, we did everything we possibly could to get the result."
Bruce delighted with Wigan effort
He also praised goalscorer Rodallega, 23, and said: "Hugo has come of age a bit lately. As I've said before, I didn't want to throw him in just yet but I've had no chance.
"He was sitting puzzled when he first came, watching the way we play our game, but he's proving now to be a real asset and was a top player tonight."
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