Gary Megson admitted his Bolton side were in a 'great position' following the 2-0 victory over Sunderland.
El-Hadji Diouf put the Trotters ahead just before half-time and an own goal from Daryl Murphy then secured the win seven minutes from time.
Bolton are now three points clear of the relegation zone with just one game of the season remaining, and their goal difference means they are highly unlikely to go down even if they lose to Chelsea next Sunday.
Reading and Birmingham had already lost by the time Bolton took to the field, but Megson has played down the advantage of the later kick-off.
He said: "We knew the scores as they were coming in but they didn't make a difference to what we were trying to actually achieve.
"The consequence of getting the three points very much made the difference.
"The players knew they needed to perform today because we're going to Chelsea next week.
"It's four years since they lost at home isn't it? So we knew when we kicked off that if we could get a result it would put an awful amount of onus on the other teams, but we still had to get the actual win.
"Now we are three points above the relegation zone and in a great position to stay up."
Megson also paid tribute to Diouf, who he expects to leave the club even if Bolton clinch survival.
"I spoke to Diouf on Monday and told him he would be playing," said Megson.
"Three weeks ago he made the announcement that he might not remain a Bolton player regardless of whether we stay up or went down.
"I told him that this could possibly be his last home game and that he needed to perform and leave on a good note, which he has done."