Matt Etherington and Peter Crouch were delighted to see Stoke's hard work on the training ground pay off against Blackburn on Saturday.
The Potters entered a weekend meeting with Rovers on the back of four straight defeats in the Premier League.
They were, however, able to bring that run to an abrupt halt, with a 3-1 victory helping to lift spirits around the Britannia Stadium.
Etherington, without finding the target himself, contributed significantly to a welcome win and he insists Stoke were always confident that results would come.
"The last few weeks haven't been good enough, but we worked hard in training this week and we deserved it today," he told Sky Sports.
"It was just about getting back to what we are good at in the last couple of years - keeping a good shape, working hard as a team and pressing hard as a team. I thought we were much better today and tighter as a unit.
"It was an opportunity for us to get a win, we knew that at the start of the game. Blackburn haven't been on the best run but we weren't worrying about them, it's about us doing the right things as a team and we did that today and thoroughly deserved the win."
Crouch netted Stoke's third on Saturday, adding to efforts from Rory Delap and Glenn Whelan, and the England international echoed Etherington's sentiments regarding the effort the Potters have been putting in to get things right.
"We got back to basics," he said.
"We are a good side when we work hard and we close teams down and we play to our strengths. Maybe that has got away from us in the last few games, but it was important to get the win today because we have been on a bad run."