Heurelho Gomes says it was vital to kick-off an important week with a win at Wigan on Sunday.
Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko's double strike after coming off the bench in the second half secured a 3-0 success in the Barclays Premier League encounter at the DW Stadium.
The win moved us back into fourth place after a busy Sunday in the league saw Villa hammer Burnley and City draw with Liverpool.
We now turn our attention back to the FA Cup and a fifth-round replay against Bolton at the Lane on Wednesday night. The winners travel to Fulham in the quarter-finals with a place at Wembley at stake - the semi-finals of the competition are at the national stadium.
After that it's another huge league game with in-form Everton at the Lane on Sunday.
Gomes was only really forced into serious action once at Wigan with a first-half tip over from Hugo Rodellaga as we battled through heavy conditions to record a fifth away victory of the campaign.
"It was a very important win for us," said Gomes. "It's a big week with Wigan, Bolton and Everton and when you win the first game like we did at Wigan it gives you a great feeling.
"It's not an easy place to go, conditions were difficult but we were strong in every tackle, kept winning the ball and deserved the win."
Gomes had praise for his defence after our 12th clean sheet of the campaign in all competitions. "It wasn't easy in those conditions," he said. "Normally the ball will bounce and come straight to you but this time when the ball bounced in front of you, anything could happen. It was all about concentration.
"We defended well again and it's important for us to keep another clean sheet. To play away from home and keep a clean sheet is always a fantastic feeling."
Concentration was the key word again for Gomes as he looked forward to Wednesday night's FA Cup replay against Bolton.
The original tie finished 1-1 at the Reebok as we came from 1-0 down via Jermain Defoe's strike, hit the woodwork twice and saw home goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen save a penalty from Tom Huddlestone.
"We know this will be a difficult game," added Gomes. "We didn't play well in the first half at Bolton but we played very well in the second half. We need to keep going now. We are in a great position and we need to try and progress further."