Gerard Houllier has praised the fighting spirit of his players as they scored a late winner against West Ham United on Saturday.
The Villians grabbed all three points at Upton Park after falling behind early in the contest to move up to ninth on the table with the 2-1 win.
And according to the French tacticioan, it was the strength of character of the playing group which saw them through.
The former Liverpool boss said : “I want them to fight for the club, for the shirt,”.
“People who know me know I’m a nice man but I have to take tough decisions sometimes.
“The turning point is probably the short meeting we had together before the Everton game. But the fighting spirit is the base. Whatever the talent you need to work and fight. This league is extremely competitive.
“It’s never finished right until the end. Some teams would have been happy to have a point and just tried to keep it. But we went for the three points.
“More importantly, we have come back twice in two games from going behind. So it could be a turning point.
“Before the West Ham game we said two more wins and a draw, which would be 44 points. But we’ve got to keep the momentum going. That’s the most important thing.”