Steffen was heavily involved in the side which took until February at Manchester City to record a first three-point haul last season, but he explains that this did not figure in the players' thinking. There was more of a collective will to compensate for Sunday's desperately unlucky defeat to Chelsea.
"We didn't think about it," said Steffen. "We knew we had to win because maybe later it is more difficult. I think we have the confidence that we can win away because we played well at Everton and, okay Blackburn wasn't a great game, but we also had the chance to win there.
"It was a very, very important win because we played very well against Chelsea and we were very disappointed to lose that game. And playing away to Sunderland in the next gameÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦ Everybody knows how difficult it is to win there, so you know how good and how important and how good was the feeling on Wednesday.
"Now the win away has happened, but I think it is more important because if you look at the table and see the next games, you realise how important the win was."
Steffen Freund described the win away to Sunderland as a 'good feeling' and insists the team have the ability to reproduce the sensation on a regular basis.