Ricardo Vaz Te struck his first Barclays Premier League goal for West Ham United and said the best is yet to come.

Vaz Te, who celebrated his 26th birthday in fine style as his winning goal saw off London neighbours Queens Park Rangers in a 2-1 away victory, insists that this is only the beginning for Sam Allardyce's team.

The volley was the No12's first Premier League goal since he netted the winner for Big Sam's Bolton Wanderers at home to Birmingham City on 7 May 2006.

When asked by the national press post-match if that was his best performance in a Hammers shirt against the Hoops, the modest midfielder said: "No, I think my best is yet to come. Scoring was a bonus, because I am here to play my part for the team.

"I am always looking to improve myself as we are as a team. I am still young. This is my first year in the Premier League after taking a long absence. I have to make sure I am working hard enough to be in the side, for the gaffer to pick me every week. I will get more confident, more comfortable and hopefully go on to have more performances like tonight and better."

It was Vaz Te's first goal since his late winner in the npower Championship Play-Off final helped West Ham gain promotion back to the top league. He said he was delighted to score but maintained that the key was getting the three points at Loftus Road.

"The main thing was to try to get the three points. We knew it would be extremely hard because QPR are under extreme pressure and it was also a derby game. We knew they were going to come at us, so we just made sure we got the basics right and took our chances. It was a perfect night for us.

"We had to make sure we stifled their strengths straight away. We knew with the players we have in our team we will always get chances. Sometimes you don't get many in a game but with us, I think it is more often that we will, so we knew we had to take them. The main thing was we took our chances and created the momentum for ourselves to go on and win."

The victory saw Hammers climb to seventh in the table and while Vaz Te said no one is getting carried away at this early stage of the season, a major factor behind West Ham's solid start to the new campaign was 'belief' - something he says also comes from the manager and his staff.

Ricardo Vaz Te

"I think a lot has to do with the belief we have as a team. The main objective for us this season is to stay up and fight for a win and fight for the points in every match.

"That is the mentality we have with everything. We approach each game with the belief we can get something from every match, get a result. We just believe we are and can be a good Premier League side.

"There is no doubt in any individual at this football club, so I think that is the main thing and the gaffer makes us believe that all the time."

While praising the manager and all the staff around them, Vaz Te also spoke of the same desire his team-mates have to do their best to make sure that the club can get through the highs and lows of the season ahead.

"It was great to see Andy [Carroll] back. We are very much looked after here at the club and this proves it. The gaffer focuses a lot on all the staff that work with us. With Andy everyone was working hard, as was he, to get him back but not to rush him, which was the main thing. He is such a handful [for teams to play against]. Coley [Carlton Cole] has also been terrific and it is great for the club that we have that competition and that quality of players in our team.

"I'm really overwhelmed to be fair to be part of this squad, it is great. To be in the starting line-up is my aim every week but to be around everything here is also very good and you can only keep learning from it all.

"We have made a great start to the season, but haven't achieved anything yet, so we must keep going and try to meet our targets. We won't get carried away, but we will strive every day to put in the performances and get the results we need."