The knives were out after the disappointing FA Cup exit at Southampton but the lads recovered and showed great character to beat Everton 4-3 in Sunday's Premiership thriller.
Midfielder Darren, our longest-serving player, has seen it all before in his 10 years at the club.
And he declared: "You've got to get past things like that and forget about everything else that's going on.
"We've got a good team here. We had a blip over Christmas but we're up there, just a point off fifth, so if we get on a little run, who knows where that will take us."
Nevertheless Darren, who provided the passes for two of hat-trick hero Robbie Keane's three goals, was under no illusions as to the importance of last Sunday's victory.
"It was a difficult game for us," he reflected. "We'd had a bit of stick and we wanted to get the crowd back on our side.
"They really got behind us in the second half and responded to how we played.
"We weren't happy about the way we conceded goals but we showed good courage to go ahead as we did.
"To keep getting pegged back was a real killer, especially when things hadn't gone well for us, but we did really well to go on and win."
Darren Anderton said it was vital for the players to ignore any negativity from outside the club last week and believe in their own ability.