Ledley King believes a much-needed victory had been on the cards in previous matches before it finally came against Fulham on Tuesday night.
It was our first win in four games after home draws with Hull and Leeds and an away defeat against Liverpool.
The defender, who returned to captain the side against the Cottagers, feels we deserved more from those encounters.
So Ledley was delighted that we were able to reap the rewards this time after dominating again, pointing to Peter Crouch's 27th minute opener as a key factor in making the visitors open up for our 2-0 success.
He said: "It was important that we got back to winning ways and get the points on the board that we've looked like getting in recent weeks.
"It was a disappointing result against Liverpool, we drew in the Cup against Leeds when we created enough chances to win, and we came across an inspired goalkeeper against Hull.
"The main thing is that we're creating chances, but it's been tough because teams are coming to the Lane, playing one up front and making it hard for us to break them down.
"We're going to come across a lot of teams that do that and it's something we are going to have to deal with.
"Teams have realised how good we are at home and have started to do that, but if we score an early goal it really helps."
The win keeps us fourth in the Premier League, although Ledley knows there are still a lot of points to be won - and lost - by all teams competing for a Champions League place.
He added: "It's one of those seasons where you can't get yourself too up or too down about any result because other teams are always dropping points.
"We dropped points in our previous two games before Fulham and I believe other teams will continue to do the same until the end of the season.
"If we can stay consistent and pick up as many points as we can, then we have every chance of finishing in the top four."