Ricardo Vaz Te proved his value to West Ham United with the second goal in Sunday's 3-0 Barclays Premier League victory at Tottenham Hotspur.
The Hammers pulled off a stunning victory at White Hart Lane through second-half goals from Winston Reid, Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison, climbing out of the relegation zone in the process.
Vaz Te spoke exclusively to West Ham TV after the game, stating his pleasure at scoring his third goal of the season when his shot hit Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and bounced into the net off his knee.
"We started before the game in the bottom three, which was not very good," he said. "It was a very important game for us. We needed the win - one point wasn't even enough. If we got a draw at Tottenham that would have been amazing, so to win 3-0 with a clean sheet was just fantastic. For the fans, it was a great day out.
"For me, the goal was a bit fortunate but they all count, I guess!"
Vaz Te was cast in a new role as a wide forward in a 4-6-0 formation designed to stifle the hosts and allow West Ham to play on the counter-attack. The tactical plan worked to perfection.
"The Gaffer got his tactics spot-on, to be fair," Vaz Te agreed. "We worked on their weaknesses. We knew Tottenham were a great team going forward but any team who plays like that always have weaknesses defensively. We worked on it all week and it paid off."
Vaz Te has previously spoken glowingly of Morrison, whose match-clinching goal was a thing of beauty. The 20-year-old ran past Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawson with breathtaking ease before clipping the ball past Lloris with admirable calm.
"I've said before that I think Ravel is the best talent I've seen. He's a good lad as well. He still has a lot to learn and I think it's up to him. When you have the heart of a champion, you need it no matter how much ability you have.
"If he has an attitude anywhere close to someone like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, I think he can be up there because talent-wise, he is up there."
For Vaz Te himself, his goal and all-round performance were another reminder to manager Sam Allardyce of his considerable talents five weeks after he submitted a transfer request citing a lack of playing time.
The No12's performance was recognised the supporters, who chanted 'He scores when he wants!' after the goal and again when Vaz Te was replaced with four minutes remaining.
"It's always fantastic and I've never fallen out with the fans," he explained. "When I put in the transfer request it was always in the back of my mind how the fans would take it and I hope they didn't take it in the wrong way.
"I'm a professional football player and it's not only me who depends on my job but also my family and the people around me, so sitting around at the age of 27, I have to play. I think I deserve to play and the stats show I deserve to play and I reinforced those stats on Sunday.
"Like I said, I love the football club and I hope people understand that if I don't feel appreciated then I have to move on. I'm fully committed to this cause and I'm here and I always show that I'm fully committed to the club."