Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna says his team needs to learn lessons from the 'wild' 4-3 home win against Rotherham United at Portman Road.

The Blues recovered from conceding in the second minute to lead 3-1 at the break courtesy of goals from Wes Burns (2) and Kieffer Moore, but Vaclav Hladky's missed punch led to Hakeem Odoffin pulling a goal back on the hour mark and setting up a nervy finish.

It looked like the rock-bottom visitors had secured a point in the fourth minute of stoppage-time when Kayden Jackson was adjudged to have fouled Peter Kioso in the box and Cafu dinked home from the penalty spot. Deflation soon turned to elation, however, when Jackson set up Omari Hutchinson for a dramatic winner just a minute later.

"It was a bit of a wild game, wasn't it?" said McKenna, whose side have leapfrogged Southampton into third-spot in the Championship table and moved level on points with second-place Leeds.

"Of course it wasn't a good start, we conceded a really poor goal with individual errors, and I think you'd probably say from that moment we never really regained our composure from a defensive point of view.  We weren't ever able to get the control we wanted to get in the game.

"Having said that, we've scored four goals at home, could have had more, and found a way to win.

"Every game in the Championship is tough. I knew this was going to be a tough game and the players have found a way to come out on top again. Credit to them for that."

On Rotherham's late penalty equaliser, the Blues boss said: "I thought it was soft at the time, but I haven't seen it again to be fair and the referee has a better view than me.

"To be honest, I felt like it was coming in terms of the flow of the game. We weren't managing to keep control of the ball, we were pinned into our box and random things can happen at that point.

"Having said that, I didn't think we had many chances against us. The goals come from an individual error and a penalty - neither were really dangerous situations. But we didn't have the game where we wanted it and when you're defending your box in the way that we were for the last 10 or 20 minutes then there's always a chance something can fall the wrong way. 

"When they got the penalty I thought it was going to be one of those nights, but credit to the players. It would have been easy to lie on the floor at 3-3 and give up on the game or maybe even come under pressure because they've got all the momentum of coming back from 3-1. But we found the spirit to win the ball back, launch another attack and produce a moment of real, real quality to go and win the game."

Asked if fatigue had been a factor in the performance, this being the fourth game in 11 days, the Blues boss said: "No doubt about it. Wednesday-Saturday-Tuesday is tough. There were two tough away games in there, the second of which was on a very, very muddy pitch. 

"There was definitely a tiredness element to the second half, especially when the flow of the game goes the way it does. We didn't play well, but I can't fault the effort and we found a way in difficult circumstances."

McKenna continued: "In terms of how important that's going to be to the final points total, who knows? For me it feels like there's lessons to be learned tonight for everyone if I'm honest.

"There are 13 games left and one of the big messages coming into tonight was we need to keep tension out of the stadium and out of the performance. We knew people were coming expecting us to win and that creates a different type of atmosphere. 

"We knew it was going to be a tough game. Rotherham took points off of Leeds and Southampton. It's not that long ago they were in a much better place than us and they have a lot of Championship experience and quality in their team.

"There's things we could have done better tonight, but that's football. We've got a lot of players playing their first season of Championship football, certainly competing at the top of the Championship, so there are going to be mistakes.

"As I've said all along, we've just got to keep enjoying the challenges, enjoy the experience, enjoy the season that we're having and perform as well as we can. We didn't manage to do that tonight, but thankfully we found the spirit to still come out with the result."

With Harry Clarke going off injured in the second half, McKenna said: "It's an impact injury on his leg. I don't know how bad that is yet."

On Moore required treatment in the second half, the Blues boss explained: "He took a couple of big knocks, one on his knee. He carried on through the game, I'm not sure he was 100%, but he gave his all. We'll see how he recovers over the next few days."