Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy paid tribute to Daryl Murphy after the Irish striker earned his side a 2-1 win over Huddersfield with an 89th-minute header.
Murphy reacted quickest from close range after Huddersfield’s Anthony Gerrard miscued Aaron Cresswell’s free-kick across his own six-yard area.
The Terriers took a 25th-minute lead through Danny Ward’s clinical finish, after his strike partner James Vaughan saw a dismal penalty saved by Dean Gerken.
But Ipswich were level five minutes after the restart when David McGoldrick coolly struck his eighth of the season before Murphy’s late winner.
Town boss Mark Robins said: “I can’t be too critical of the lads. They tried to do things in the Huddersfield way and we have been competitive all season. They deserve enormous credit.
“Last season we were finding our feet, but it is different this year. It is clear we are not also-rans.”