Paul Robinson praised the fans for their support and patience while the team were attempting to break down a stubborn Fulham on Saturday.
It was pretty much one-way traffic at the Lane as the team poured forward seeking reward for their dominance, but it took until 12 minutes from time for sub Fredi Kanoute to find the net with a stunning free-kick before Robbie Keane doubled the advantage in the final seconds.
"The crowd were patient and it was a good day," reflected the England international. "The fans have been good to us all season, they could see what we were trying to do and could see we were dominating the game. We rewarded them with the goals in the end."
Another cause for Robbo to celebrate was his first clean sheet since the 'goalless' encounter with Manchester United on January 4.
"It's good - I haven't had one for a while. It was a good performance as well, we never looked in danger and always looked in control of the game. The two goals came at the right time for us.
"We bossed the game and knew how they were going to play. We knew they would let us play and it was a case of not trying to force it, we just wanted to play our way through and got there in the end."