Sir Alex Ferguson described us as displaying 'championship form' in the build-up to Saturday's encounter at Old Trafford - he was therefore delighted that his side, in his words, 'held their nerve' to run out 3-1 winners.
Ryan Giggs opened the scoring from the penalty spot just before the hour but we responded with our best spell of the match.
Ledley King headed home Gareth Bale's corner for the equaliser on 70 minutes and we were looking the more likely winners when a moment of magic from Nani - dinking home a one-on-one over Heurelho Gomes - handed United the initiative with 10 minutes remaining. Giggs converted a second penalty to secure the points five minutes from time.
"We played well, particularly in the second half, which was important, but the key thing was we kept our nerve," Sir Alex said afterwards.
"There was no sign of any nerves throughout the game which was great to see. It's a good quality to have at this vital time of the season.
"This game was a big hurdle to get over - everyone saw how well Spurs played against Arsenal and Chelsea and we've probably beaten the league's in-form side today. So we're pleased."