While manager Sam Allardyce and Ravel Morrison took the headlines, goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen was key to West Ham United's 3-0 Barclays Premier League win at Totteham Hotspur.

The Hammers' outstanding tactical and defensive performance saw the two teams go in goalless at half-time at White Hart Lane. However, less than two minutes after the break, Jaaskelainen faced a one-on-one with Spurs striker Jermain Defoe.

The Finn did what he does best, rushing out from his goal and blocking the England forward's low shot with his legs, laying the foundation for West Ham's fantastic three-goal second-half show.

"It was a very crucial time for us because we haven't started the season like we wanted to points-wise," Jaaskelainen told West Ham TV. "It was a massive boost to get the three points and the way we did it was brilliant.

"The save was just one of those things. It was a good time to make the save because I didn't have much to do, so it was good that I could help the team when they really needed me. I was very happy with that."

Jaaskelainen's third away clean sheet continued West Ham's formidable defensive record on the road. The Hammers have conceded just one goal in four matches on their travels this term, and even then it was a disputed penalty at Hull City.

The No22 is enjoying playing behind a team that has restricted their opponents to just 13 shots on target in four away matches at Newcastle United, Southampton, Hull and Tottenham.

"It's definitely credit to the whole team because, if you look at the way we've been working for that, the team is giving us a base to win football matches," said Jaaskelainen.

"They changed their style and adopted a little bit slower build-up and I think that suited us to defend much better. It suited how we set ourselves up and it really went to plan.

"We have three clean sheets from four away matches and have only conceded one goal, so that's why we're getting points. Hopefully we can turn our home form and collect more points as well now."

West Ham's victory at White Hart Lane lifted them out of the bottom three, giving a huge boost of confidence to everybody associated with the Club, including the experienced goalkeeper.

"It's always great to get that win before the international break because if we'd lost at Tottenham, it would have been a long two weeks without an opportunity to get more points.

"It was important to get that three points so we can have a few days rest before the hard work starts again.

That hard work ahead of the visit of Manchester City on 19 October began at Chadwell Heath on Tuesday morning, where Jaaskelainen joined the Hammers' other non-internationals in preparation for another mouth-watering Barclays Premier League test.

"We're hoping we can do the same thing as we did in the Spurs game. Maybe we can get a goal ahead and get the three points because that's what we really want to do, particularly in our home matches."