Harry Redknapp was quick to underline the importance of Monday night's 2-1 Premier League win at Hull.
Jonathan Woodgate's header five minutes from time secured our first away win in the league in five matches and crucially lifted us five points clear of the bottom three.
"We've got to make sure we stay in the Premier League and tonight was a huge step towards doing that," stated a delighted Harry at the KC Stadium.
"It is a massive result. It puts us in a much better position and keeps Hull in the relegation battle."
Aaron Lennon opened the scoring with a fine 20-yard strike in the 17th minute but Hull levelled via a set-piece from Michael Turner for 1-1 at the break.
Both teams hit the woodwork with headers in the second half - Vedran Corluka for us, Mendy for the home side - before Woodgate secured maximum points with a header from Benoit Assou-Ekotto's cross.
"I thought we were terrific in the second half," added Harry. "We came out and we upped the pace.
"They made it difficult for us in first half, they got in our faces and they worked hard, they worked their socks off and they were always a big threat on set plays.
"That was the big fear but in the second half I thought we got the ball down, passed it well, created some terrific chances and were the better team.
"If Hull would have won they would have almost been out of it and we would have been right in it even more. That result now gives us confident for the rest of the week."
What could be the defining week of the season continues with us trying to overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit in the UEFA Cup last 32, second leg at the Lane on Thursday night before the Carling Cup Final against Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday.