Gary Caldwell joined manager Roberto Martinez in hailing Wigan Athletic's Boxing Day victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Latics captain returned to the side and helped the visitors claim their first win of the month to lift themselves out of the Premier League relegation zone.
Goals from Hugo Rodallega and Tom Cleverley in the first-half set up the vital result which saw Martinez's side rise to 16th in the table and send their opponents to the bottom of the pile.
Steven Fletcher grabbed Wolves a lifeline in the 87th minute but Wigan managed to hold on for the three points and Caldwell praised his team-mates for securing the success.
The Scotland international told Sky Sports: "It's a big win. We knew this was a tough place to come but we knew we could win and it would make the table look better and we want to use this win and kick on from there.
"We started with great intensity and passed the ball really well. We scored two great goals. But 2-0 is a funny scoreline and we managed to hold on in the end."
Wigan now have two home games on the horizon with Arsenal first up on 29th December before Newcastle visit the DW Stadium on 2nd January.
And Caldwell has called on his team-mates to repeat the effort that they put into the win at Molineux.
The 28-year-old added: "Every game's big at the minute. The games come thick and fast and you have to recover to be at your best physically and mentally and I'm sure we'll do that over the coming days and be ready for them."
On facing the Gunners he said: "They're a top side and they've got great players but having already faced them recently in the Carling Cup, we know what threat they possess and we need to be ready for them."