Victor Obinna believes West Ham's vital victory over Wigan can mark the turning point of their season.
The Nigerian, who is on a season-long loan with the Hammers from Inter Milan, netted his first Premier League goal in the 3-1 win at Upton Park.
The club's board had billed the clash as the "save our season game" and Obinna agrees it is the perfect springboard for the rock-bottom Hammers to now push on up the league.
He said: "It has been a long time that we have been hoping to win games, and finally the confidence has come.
"Not only getting three points, but scoring three goals has boosted the morale.
"I believe this is the beginning and West Ham's season is starting now and we just have to continue this way.
"It is a start for us because we have been longing to win games at home, but have been drawing.
"It was a vital three points and is the start of the season, we have so many games to play and this will give us more confidence.
"This is really encouraging for us, it gives us more morale, more fighting spirit to keep fighting for the fans."
The 23-year-old previously scored twice in the Carling Cup and admits it has been a frustrating wait to net his first goal in the English top flight.
He added: "It is really surprising, but also very frustrating for a striker.
"Right from the beginning, I have been shooting, but have not been lucky. However, as a striker you just have to keep pushing hard.
"Mentally I have been working really hard because I believe in what I have.
"I finally have the first goal in the Premier League and it is just the beginning for me."