Matt Taylor has been around football long enough not to take a three-match winning streak for granted - but the midfielder is certainly enjoying West Ham United's recent renaissance.

The 32-year-old has played an influential role in West Ham's run of 13 points from the last six matches, a sequence that has lifted the Club away from the relegation zone and into mid-table.

However, with just a handful of points separating the bottom ten teams, Taylor knows West Ham cannot afford to lose focus ahead of their final 12 league fixtures.

"It's amazing how quickly football changes and in the space of six weeks we've managed to turn our fortunes around in our favour," said the No14. "We're sitting in tenth as I speak, but it's still really tight.

"Tuesday was a really gritty performance, Adrian made some great saves when he had to and we took our chances when we had to. It was a wonderful home win."

Taylor has played his part as West Ham secured vital victories at Cardiff City and Aston Villa and at home to Swansea City and Norwich City, as well as an impressive draw at Chelsea.

All five matches saw the Hammers take a different approach to gaining an ultimately positive result, culminating in a hard-fought success against the Canaries on Tuesday.

"I think what we did on Tuesday was stay in the game at vital times. Adrian made some really vital saves at the right times, we had some good chances ourselves and Mo forced Ruddy into a wonderful save, then Ginge popped up with a great header from a short free-kick which we'd worked on.

"It's all about trying to win football games in different ways and we've done that again on Tuesday night. It probably wasn't the most pretty of performances, but it was a fantastic win for the Club."

Taylor and his midfield colleagues know they need to keep playing well, with fit-again Mo Diame, new boy Antonio Nocerino and Jack Collison all pushing for starts in the engine room.

Diame was used as a substitute left winger against Norwich and responded superbly, setting up James Collins' 84th-minute opener before scoring himself deep into added time.

"Mo was brilliant," said Taylor. "It also highlights the depth we have in the squad now everybody is fit and we're playing ever so well. We can't really complain. There are obviously lots of players champing at the bit to come in because everyone wants to play, but that can only bode well for the Club and for future results.

"We've got 12 games left now until the end of the season and we've got to pick up some vital points to finish as high up the league as possible.

"We've picked up some momentum but we shouldn't get carried away. We've had four good results on the trot and that's definitely the first time we've strung three Premier League wins together, so it's fantastic for everybody concerned. We've now got another huge game to look forward to against Southampton."

Before the visit of Southampton on Saturday 22 February, the squad will recharge their batteries at a warm-weather training camp in Dubai.

Having enjoyed positive effects from similar trips in each of the last two seasons, Taylor believes the players will come back from the Middle East physically refreshed and ready to take on the in-form Saints.

"It's nice to get the sun on your back when you're training so it'll be a good session for us out there. It'll be nice to get the t-shirt and shorts on with the boots, and no doubt we'll be doing some work on the beach as well.

"It's something that the manager thinks is vitally important. He knows his statistics and if he knows it works and it will work, he will continue doing it."