Jarrod Bowen and Jackson Irvine scored early and late goals respectively in a positive return to action after the international break.
“It was a dogged performance, so well done to the players for that and to the supporters for their backing because it was a frustrating kind of game,” said Adkins.
“We played some really good football in our last home game, but this was a little bit different. We started really well with an early goal from Jarrod, but then the rest of the first half was just stop-start with so many stoppages and no flow to it.
“In the second half we created some really good chances and their goalkeeper made some really good saves from Jarrod, but we managed to get that second goal late on and it came from some really good centre forward play from Chris Martin knocking the ball to down for Evandro to play Jackson in for a really good finish.
“We’ve got the victory, the three points and a clean sheet so it’s a good start to a week with three big games. I thought Reece Burke did ever so well in the right back position. I can look around at a strong group of players here that want to do well.
“The team ethos and togetherness is there and we know that we can play good football. We’ve created chances, but we’ve also had to show a doggedness to grind it out at stages of the game and that is important in the Championship.”
The only negative on the afternoon were knocks picked up by Dan Batty and Stephen Kingsley. Batty looks to be a doubt for Tuesday’s trip to Wigan Athletic with a knee injury, although it doesn’t look to be too serious at this stage, while Kingsley will be checked over after taking a blow to the ribs.