Phil Parkinson praised City’s patience as they clinched a top-half finish in League One.
Late goals from Jon Stead and Aaron Mclean earned them a 2-1 comeback triumph at Tranmere – and relegated the home side in the process.City ended the season in 11th spot.
Rovers had led after just five minutes through Matthew Pennington but spent the last hour down to ten men after winger Junior Brown’s red card.
Parkinson said: “When a team goes down to ten men, they sit back into two banks of four and you’ve got to be patient.
“You can’t try to force the issue. You’ve got to wait for the right moment and we did that.
“The way you run the legs out of the opposition is by keeping the ball and I think we did that terrifically well.
“We spoke to the lads all week about going to the final whistle and credit to them.”