Norwich City goalscorer Robert Snodgrass hailed a "massive three points" after they beat Sunderland 2-0 at Carrow Road on Saturday.
The Canaries dominated possession in the opening exchanges and earned their reward on 20 minutes when Snodgrass slotted home Johan Elmander's pass.
Chris Hughton's side doubled their lead before the break as Alex Tettey struck a sensational volley beyond Vito Mannone.
Norwich maintained their energy for 90 minutes to keep a clean sheet intact to seal victory, and the character of the side delighted Snodgrass.
"It was a massive three points for the boys," he told Sky Sports.
"We dug deep at times, puffed our chests out, rolled our sleeves up and that is what it takes to get results in the Premier League against a very good Sunderland side."
After enjoying 80 per cent of possession in the first 10 minutes, Snodgrass admits getting the opening goal shortly after eased the nerves around Carrow Road.
"It settled the boys a bit," he claimed. "It was nice to get it and lucky enough for myself I got the opener.
"It was only a matter of time until we got the second and Alex [Tettey] came up with a wonderful goal.
"To go in at 2-0 was massive and I think that took the sting out of the game."
Tettey's 25-yard stinging volley from a John O'Shea clearance could make the Goal of the Season polls and, while praising his team-mate's effort, Snodgrass insists it was an all-round display from Norwich.
"It was a great finish," he said. "It takes everybody, that's why we're in a team game.
"It takes everybody to play their part and he played his part with that goal today.
"I'm delighted for him, for the boys, the backroom staff and everybody involved."
Norwich take on relegation rivals Swansea, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham in the coming weeks, but the playmaker warned against complacency.
"It's all tough games, it doesn't matter who the last four are," Snodgrass claimed.
"It's the Premier League, with some of the best players in the world.
"No game is easy and every game from now until the end of the season is a cup final for us."