Blues fought their way to a 2-1 victory against the Trotters, courtesy of goals from Leroy Lita and Marlon King.
In a game that ebbed and flowed with chances for both sides, Blues stood firm and produced an accomplished display
“Bolton are a good team and they were in the Premier League last year,” said McDermott. “A lot of the players that played in the Premier League are still there and I think they’ll be up there (near the top of the Championship) at the end of the season.
“We had to battle today and I thought we did. If we carry on with the same effort that we put in for 95 minutes there’s no reason why we can’t be up there as well.
“We’re pleased we’re on a little run now. We had a big run at Huddersfield when I was there and we want to emulate that if we can. But it will be a bit more difficult because there’s a lot more quality in this league.”
Leroy Lita set Blues on their way to three points with his debut goal for the club and McDermott admits he is a big fan of the striker.
“Leroy is a good player and I like him because he works hard,” he said.
“He hasn’t been playing much football but I thought he was fantastic tonight and he got a goal. He offers something different.”
The only downside of the match was seeing Paul Caddis leave the pitch after sustaining a shoulder injury.
McDermott expects the impressive full-back to be missing for at least a month.
“He dislocated his shoulder and it popped out, but they’ve put it back again” confirmed McDermott. “We’ll have a look at it tomorrow and he’ll have a scan and we’ll have a bit more idea. But I think the minimum is four weeks.
“It’s sad because what a performer he’s been for us in the last three games. With what’s happened to Stephen Carr (knee surgery) as well it’s just bad luck. But that’s what happens in football and we’ve just got to get on with it. I thought Curtis did alright when he came on even though it’s not his favourite position.”