Fredi Kanoute welcomed the win over Middlesbrough on Sunday and admitted the recent run in the Barclays Premiership was on the minds of the players going into the game.
A run of six league defeats was comprehensively broken with the 2-0 victory at the Lane, the deadlock being broken by Jermain Defoe three minutes after the break, with Fredi himself sealing the game 14 minutes from time.
"Yes it was a little bit, to be honest," answered the striker when questioned on whether the pre-match media focus of a record equalling seven losses was on his mind. "We wanted to win and we needed this very much because six defeats is a lot and it was a big team we were playing against.
"I think we took the game well, we dominated for long spells and deserved to win."
However, Fredi added that the dismissal of Franck Queudrue before half-time for a foul on Noe Pamarot was a considerable factor in turning the game in our favour.
"I think it made a big difference and he is an important player for them. It did make a difference but we did work very hard.
"I think we are playing better football now, we can play and build up some good actions. We can keep going forward and I think we are playing better."
On his own contribution to the scoring, Fredi insists the frontmen are always looking for the opportunity to press the keeper, but don't often reap reward.
"It is the easiest one to score, but it is good. Strikers always do it in a game but we never really think we are going to score like this.
"You just one want to squeeze, I think he just didn't make good connection and I took advantage."
So when he was bearing down on Mark Schwarzer, were his eyes open or closed?
"Eyes open, always!" he laughed. "They were certainly open when it hit the back of the net."