Gareth Bale described Rafa van der Vaart's strike at Blackburn as 'worthy of winning any game'.
The flying Dutchman made it five goals in four matches in the Premier League with both goals in Sunday's 2-1 win at Ewood Park.
The first owed a lot to Kyle Walker's burst down the right but after seeing Rovers level before half-time, the second was all about Rafa, a fine, curling effort from 20 yards beyond the despairing dive of Paul Robinson.
Rafa's double secured a fifth win in our last six Premier League matches.
"It was a great strike," said Gareth. "It was important we scored first and the second goal was worthy of winning any match.
"After that we all knew we had to defend for our lives, and we did that."
Gareth said the team was prepared for the aerial onslaught that followed from the home team with Chris Samba a constant threat from free-kicks and throw-ins.
"We knew it was going to be a difficult game, it’s always a tough place to go and we were prepared for the battle," added Gareth.
"We put in a good performance and came away with the three points."