Martin Jol feels the confidence of the team was restored in the second half of the 3-0 Carling Cup win over Burnley on Tuesday evening.
A late first half goal from Robbie Keane was built on in some style during the second period at Turf Moor, with another Keane strike and a Jermain Defoe special completed the scoring.
"It was a very important win for the club and the Carling Cup is important to us," reflected the new head coach after the game. "The players did well and, I think you could see in the second half, our confidence came back and we played better than we have over the last weeks.
"I am very happy with it and we have good players. The fans liked the way we played in the second half, but for the first 25 minutes we were a bit sloppy and gave away chances. Our keeper was terrific.
"We have been under pressure as a club. We have to go on, Jacques has left, I think we did a terrific job here and I feel we can do a good job in the future."
Martin went on to praise the contribution of the midfield before adding that improving the supply line from wide areas will be worked on in the coming weeks.
"Reto Ziegler - at just 18 - played very well on the left side and I thought Pedro Mendes did well on the right. Michael Carrick had a good game and we can build on that.
"We have terrific strikers that need the service. A lot of goals come from crosses and we have to work on that now.
"The players are now talking about Saturday, I have heard the atmosphere will be special and I am looking forward to it."