Mark Noble believes West Ham United are beginning to rediscover the form that propelled them to tenth spot upon their return to the Barclays Premier League. 

Wednesday's battling stalemate at Stamford Bridge, coupled with a convincing 2-0 win over Swansea City sees the Hammers back within just a point of safety and 26-year-old Noble is convinced that things are looking up.

Though Saturday's victory was only the third of the league campaign at the Boleyn Ground, the Canning Town-born midfielder felt the display was reminiscent of last season's dominance in front of their own fans.   

He told West Ham TV: "Confidence wasn't a problem before, we knew were getting chances and playing well, we just weren't finishing them. Saturday was a West Ham performance of last year, you could say, a 2-0 win, great defending and we came away with three points. 

"It has been a tough four days. Obviously the result against Chelsea was massive and gave us the confidence to come here [and win] against a good team in Swansea. They won last week as well and picked up a bit of confidence themselves.

"We did well on Saturday and with Kevin [Nolan] supporting off Andy, it works, it worked in the past and it's good to finally get them back together."

Having now spent the best part of three seasons alongside Nolan, Noble expects the net to bulge more often than not when the Hammers' skipper is in front of goal. And so it proved on Saturday, not that Nolan was the only star of the show, with yet another superlative rear-guard action to admire. 

"That's what Kevin has got, that's what he has done his whole career, I don't know why everyone is so surprised. I know he hasn't got that many this year, but when he gets the chance he normally finishes it. You can see what effect Andy coming back had on him on Saturday.

"Wednesday obviously was a tough one, we didn't get that many chances, we just defended for our lives and had to do that again on Saturday for the last 40 minutes or so and deserved the three points.

"I think we're top of the league now in clean sheets, but obviously at the beginning of the season we didn't score enough goals and that was the problem. But two clean sheets in a week and a 2-0 win on Saturday, which was fantastic and the lads deserved it."

Fantastic though it was, joy was at least partially tempered by the second-half dismissal of Andy Carroll. Noble believes the big man was unfortunate to see red and hopes that he will still play a full part in the coming weeks. On that same note, Noble was delighted to see the fit-again Winston Reid back in the fold, with the squad now looking a whole lot stronger.             

"Hopefully we get justice in Andy's decision being overturned. Michael Laudrup has come out on TV and said it wasn't a sending off, so that's good honesty from the man. If we can keep him and Kev firing together, with Jarvo [Matt Jarvis] and Stewart Downing producing crosses, hopefully we can stay solid and push up the table.

"It was lovely to get Winston back out there. We all know what a good player he is, we've missed him this year and to have him back, Kev back from suspension and big AC back, the full squad's back together now and hopefully we can keep them fit and produce more wins like that.

"You need that [competition] in the team, otherwise you can get sloppy. We brought the two Italians in, we've got a left-back in from Napoli. It's good to have competition and we're going to need it over the next couple of months."