Evans hails excellent Millers
Steve Evans felt Rotherham should have been "out of sight at half-time" before holding on for a 2-1 win at Bristol City.
New City boss Steve Cotterill's first home game in charge produced an all-too-familiar outcome as first-half goals from Nouha Dicko and Ben Pringle gave Rotherham a deserved interval lead.
Substitute Bobby Reid replied for the hosts with an 81st-minute goal, but it was too little too late, despite an improved second-half performance.
"No-one could have complained if we had been out of sight by half-time," Evans said.
"Some of our football was excellent and we then had to show the battling side of our game when Bristol responded after the interval.
"I knew any team managed by Steve Cotterill would be well-organised and City have some very talented attacking players.
"But we stood firm in the second half, despite a lot of balls into our box, and restricted them to very few chances."
Dicko's second-minute goal was his fourth in his last four starts. The striker pounced to score from close range when City goalkeeper Elliott Parish failed to hold a long-range shot from Kieran Agard.
Pringle swept home the second in the 27th minute after a strong run from Lee Frecklington and Rotherham could have been further ahead by the break, having played some slick passing football.
Reid's reply came when his curling cross from the left drifted in at the far post without anyone getting a touch.
Rotherham keeper Adam Collin then had to save well from Sam Baldock as the home side pressed for a late equaliser.