Antolin Alcaraz has praised Wigan's recent performances as they seek to make moves up the Premier League table.
The defender admitted Saturday's 2-0 home victory against Wolves was vital going into the international break.
The Paraguay centre-back feels Roberto Martinez's side can look back with satisfaction on their recent good form.
"The three points were the most important thing and the confidence that we will get from it," he said.
"It's always nice to go away on international duty following a win, and we'll be able to enjoy it a little longer than usual.
"Now we have to make sure we maintain the standards we have set against Newcastle in the next Premier League game."
Alcaraz says the whole team deserve praise for the way they have turned their season around.
"The clean sheet was obviously pleasing but it was more important for the strikers to score and keep their spirits up," he added.
"Jordi's free-kick was a great goal and it came at a very important time.
"The second goal may have been a bit lucky but we have earned that luck by not being lucky in other games this season."