John Terry is backing Didier Drogba to spearhead Chelsea's renewed charge on the title.
The Ivorian striker was instrumental as Bolton were dismantled 4-0 and opened the scoring with a 30-yard thunderbolt.
It was Drogba's 10th goal of a stop-start season as he helped Chelsea to their first away win since October.
Drogba had been struck down by malaria early in the season but now appears to have shaken off the virus, having played with it for the last few months.
"I think he is over his malaria now," Terry said.
"I have never had it myself but speaking to people and the doctor here, it does knock you for six.
"Fair play to him, he could have taken two months out but he never did, he wanted to keep on fighting for the team.
"He knew we were lacking in options in the whole squad and he wanted to put his body on the line for the club. We really appreciate that."
He added: "He has taken a bit of stick as we all have over the past few months but we have stayed together.
"We know that he is capable of goals like that and many more.
"We are just encouraging him to shoot more and get the ball out of his feet. Our confidence, not just his, will get a lift and we'll crack on.
"I think we all looked more like our old selves."
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