Bolton defender Gretar Steinsson believes it was important to beat Burnley for new manager Owen Coyle.
The Trotters recorded a 1-0 win over the Clarets on Tuesday that propelled them up to 15th in the Premier League table and consigned their opponents to the relegation zone for the first time this season.
Many of the visiting Burnley fans welcomed their former boss with signs of 'Judas' following his switch to rivals Bolton earlier this month.
However the Scot was to have the last laugh as a Lee Chung-Yong strike 10 minutes before the break was enough to secure Bolton a valuable three points.
"It was really important for us to win this game for him and maybe justify his decision to come here," Steinsson said.
"It is also for us and now it is the time to look up as we are out of the relegation places. We did really well and defended solidly.
"I felt really confident we were not going to concede. A clean sheet is something we should be proud of and something we should have been doing more frequently this season.
"In my mind, we have got the strongest team since I have been here, so we have the players to go higher up the table."
Meanwhile, Coyle was quick to point out that new signings Vladimir Weiss and Stuart Holden, along with match-winner Lee, would help to make the team more entertaining.
"We are trying to bring in some exciting players," he stated. "There is no doubt that Weiss can play and Lee continues to excite.
"Weiss likes to get at full-backs and get crosses in while Holden has great energy and desire. He wants to show he can play in the best league in the world, so he is a young man with a point to prove.
"There is plenty to work with. It won't happen overnight, I don't have a magic wand and it takes hard work on the training ground.
"But the players are responding to the stuff we have implemented. However, this is just a start and we have to continue that progress."