Guy Demel was delighted to reward the Boleyn Ground crowd with West Ham United's third win of the season against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, in the Club's final home game of the campaign.
The home side were dominant from start to finish, with first half goals from Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing sinking Spurs after Younes Kaboul had been given his marching orders.
Victory in east London followed two wins at White Hart Lane earlier in the season and Demel was delighted to have made it three in a row with a win at the Boleyn Ground.
He told West Ham TV: "It's great for the team to give the fans a performance like that for the last game at home.
"It's really great, also the fact that we're now mathematically safe, so it's really good. It's a happy end to what has been a hard season, in which we've showed character.
"A couple of weeks ago I said to the lads that I was sure the game against Tottenham would be like a final for us, so it was important to win. We showed a lot of character. It showed we are really together as a team."
The comprehensive home victory means the Hammers have now put together three straight wins against their fierce rivals for the first time since 1998 and '99.
And as well as earning more bragging rights for the Hammers faithful, the win also secured West Ham United's place in the Barclays Premier League for next season, a fact Demel was quick to point out.
"I think that we should play Tottenham all year! It's really good, I know it means a lot to West Ham and the club's history and it's always great when you win a derby game.
"The most important thing was to make sure that we were secure for next season."
After the final whistle on Saturday there were joyous scenes on the pitch as the Hammers embarked on a lap of honour, with a large proportion of the crowd staying behind to clap the team.
Demel admitted it had been a tough season for the Club, but was pleased that backing from the stands continued during the good times and the bad.
"The support from the fans has been really good all season. There were some disappointments this season and some reactions, but at the end of the day that is normal.
"They always back us whether we are home or away. On Saturday, they were fantastic all the way through. It was nice to give them a bit of happiness back, and I'm sure they'll remember these wins for a long time."
The Ivory Coast international was also pleased that the Club have stayed united through the testing parts of the campaign and believes the experience in the side helped them to secure top-flight football for another season.
"I think that we started the season playing good football, but we didn't win many football games and then we had a lot of injuries and we started losing games.
"We found ourselves in a really tricky situation, but when we had to win those four games in February to make sure we were comfortable and we did it.
"It's what you get when you have experienced players with lots of character. It wasn't easy, we made it look easy, but it wasn't easy. It's never easy against Tottenham. We played well as a team and it was a great result."