Harry Redknapp insisted the best thing about Sunday's win against Liverpool was that it was thoroughly deserved.
Pepe Reina had already produced two fine saves to deny Robbie Keane when Benoit Assou-Ekotto hit a thunderbolt into the top corner to open the scoring just before half-time.
Reina denied Keane again before Liverpool hit back 10 minutes into the second half when Heurelho Gomes brought down Glen Johnson and Steven Gerrard rammed home the penalty.
But we weren't to be denied on this opening weekend of the Barclays Premier League with an electric atmosphere at the Lane.
Just three minutes after conceding, we showed the character to hit back with what turned out to be the winner as Sebastien Bassong capped a debut to remember by powering home Luka Modric's free-kick.
"It was deserved," said Harry. "Last season we beat them, I'd just arrived and I admitted at the time I didn't quite know how we beat them, they battered us.
"This time, we were the better team and we deserved that win. I thought we outplayed them.
"The key was being able to hit back again after they equalised.
"Normally with a team like Liverpool if you go 1-0 up and then they make it 1-1, the momentum shifts and you would fancy them to go on and win.
"But we came back at them again and we had another couple of great efforts that the keeper did well to save.
"Sebastien produced a great header to win it and I'm delighted with him, he has the potential to be a top, top player."