Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge says the support from his manager gave him the confidence to open his goalscoring account for the season against Sunderland.
Following a three-match ban, having been sent off against Manchester City while on loan at Bolton on the final day of last season, Sturridge was preferred in attack to £50million man Fernando Torres.
He rewarded the faith shown in him by Andre Villas-Boas by scoring one of the goals of the season so far, back-heeling Raul Meireles' pass beyond Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet.
Sturridge told Chelsea's official website: "The competition for places is very tough in the squad and the manager has shown huge faith in me to put me in the team after a three-game ban, because I've been training for the last five weeks, including the international break.
"It was a huge result to come away from Sunderland with three points. It's a great stadium and their fans sing very loud.
"Now we need to keep winning and put pressure on the Manchester clubs."
Reflecting on his goal, he added: "It was a great ball from Raul Meireles, great vision from him and I got across the centre-half (Wes Brown) and saw the keeper coming out, so I just went for a little cheeky one.
"The only way I could have scored was to do that and it paid off. I've done it in training a few times but it is completely different in a game.
"I thought that he (Brown) was going to get to it before it crossed the line and it was a huge moment to see it hit the net."