Vedran Corluka felt Sunday's win against Everton was crucial - not least after Manchester City's win at Chelsea 24 hours earlier.
City shocked Stamford Bridge with a 4-2 win on Saturday to move back into fourth place in the Barclays Premier League.
But they weren't there for long as we climbed back into fourth courtesy of a 2-1 victory against the Toffees at the Lane.
It was a hard-earned three points as we led 2-0 at half-time only for Everton to come storming back in the second half, pull a goal back and then miss a golden chance to level via Landon Donovan.
"It was a very big win for us, especially after City won at Chelsea," said 'Charlie'. "If we want to be in the first four places we needed to win and we did it.
"The first half was really good. We defended well and when we had opportunities we took them. We played very well first half but the second half was difficult. We lost Tom and that changed it. We've never played with Younes in the middle but he did well.
"Everton keep going, work hard, never give up and we just had that little bit of luck when we needed it when they missed the great chance. It was a good win for us but we also played really well in the first half and we deserved it."
Naturally, Charlie was particularly complimentary about his Croatian compatriot Luka Modric, who lit up the Lane with a splendid second goal.
"It was a great performance, especially the goal he scored and the way he handled Everton in the midfield," he added. "He was our best player and he deserved Man of the Match."