"Of course it was a disappointing performance from us at home at Getafe and we knew we had to come here and get the three points we needed," reflected the central defender.
"It was good to keep a clean sheet."
Even though maximum points were not gathered at the Riverside Stadium at the weekend, Michael reasoned that the Juande Ramos reign has got off to a promising beginning and it is now the achieving of league success that remains to be addressed with Wigan next up at the Lane on Sunday.
"It is good, they have been here for nearly a couple of weeks and it has been different, but good. Results have picked up, it would have been better if we had held on to a 1-0 victory at Middlesbrough on Saturday, but it wasn't to be. It is now two wins in the cups and a draw in the league, so hopefully we will build on it on Sunday.
"It is great because with the amount of games we've got you can quickly put work from the training ground into games. We are working hard with the new coaching staff, they are still looking at us and it is a case of putting in performances.
"It is winning matches that really counts and we need to climb up that table.
"It is not a nice position to be in and we need to get out of it as quickly as possible and it is up to us to do that. Three points on Sunday would be great."
Michael Dawson believes the team have gone some way towards compensating for defeat against Getafe in our UEFA Cup Group Stage opener with the three points secured away from home on Thursday evening.A 2-0 victory over Hapoel Tel Aviv was recorded at the Bloomfield Stadium, with goals from Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov proving the difference between the two sides.