Luka Modric believes he hit a major milestone on the road back from injury with a goal on his first start since August against West Ham on Monday.
The Croatian opened the scoring in our 2-0 win with his first goal of a season disrupted by the fractured fibula he picked up four months ago.
And after going on to play 82 minutes before being substituted against the Hammers, Luka feels he is gradually getting back to full fitness.
He said: "It was good to start the game and hopefully this sort of game time will give me the chance to get back into the shape I was in at the start of the season.
"My goal and the win overall will help my confidence, so now I need to get keep going and working hard.
"Despite the length of time I had out, I feel good and I don't feel any pain from the injury, and I must thank our medical staff, particularly Nathan Gardiner (Rehabilitation and Conditioning Coach), for getting me fit again."
Luka's strike after 10 minutes against Gianfranco Zola's men set the tone in a match we dominated before Jermain Defoe sealed the points with our second late on.
The victory means we finish 2009 and the decade as a whole in a rich vein of form, which Luka hopes we can continue.
The midfielder added: "Early goals are always important. We managed to get one and it helped us play with more confidence, as well as making them more open when they had to come out and attack us.
"We needed to score a second goal and JD did a great job in getting it. That killed the game off and it was a great win for us.
"That's three wins from four games now, and we haven't conceded a goal in those four games either, which is very important.
"We just need to keep this form going. We've got to put what has been a great year behind us and hopefully make 2010 just as successful."