Two-goal striker Emmanuel Adebayor praised the support of his team-mates after Tottenham's 3-2 win at Southampton.
Adebayor made his first Premier League start of the season and rewarded his manager with two goals.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, he spoke highly of his colleagues.
Adebayor said: "I want to thank all my team-mates, they have been there for me, they tell me to keep working hard and my chance will come.
"To be here today I am very pleased, not just the goals but for the team and I am very happy for the new manager, the fans. They have been supporting me."
The 29-year-old also revealed words of encouragement from Tim Sherwood had given him the boost he needed to be successful, in light of some difficult family circumstances.
Adebayor added: "He (Sherwood) told me 'Emmanuel, I know you for a long time' and he was with Harry, he told me 'I need you, get out there, play your football, I will not tell you anything, you have been around the block, Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid', you know how to play.
"For me, that was big confidence, the new manager telling me that, and I am very happy for him.
"Not only a few months but 2010, 2012, my brother passed away, it was emotionally difficult, he was my senior brother, for me, it's for him.
"He left a son behind. I want to take care of him and his family. I went to the funeral and when I came back I lost my place in the team.
"I kept doing my job and as my father told me 'keep working hard'. Today it paid off and I am very happy."