West Ham United secured a morale boosting 1-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday.
The Hammers went into the game without a win in eight. That was over two long months ago.
But West Ham got back to winning ways at Stamford Bridge to lift the gloom and ease the pressure on under fire manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Pellegrini and Cresswell get legend’s vote
And now the Chilean has been named as the manager of Alan Shearer’s Premier League team of the week.
There was also a spot at left-back for Aaron Cresswell who was the match-winner with a superb goal in the second half.
Some West Ham fans will feel Declan Rice is unlucky to miss out.
The midfield enforcer was man of the match against the club who released him as a 14-year-old.
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Shearer explains double West Ham pick
And goalkeeper David Martin’s fairytale story – and the fact his calm presence helped transform the entire team – surely gave him a good shout too even if he wasn’t forced into any spectacular saves against the Blues.
Shearer told the Premier League: “The left-back’s decisive strike was well-taken, with his right foot, and he gave nothing away in front of his own goal to help secure a victory that was huge for his team and his manager.
“He (Pellegrini) really needed that win. His decision to trust David Martin in goal was fully rewarded as his debutant goalkeeper kept a clean sheet. It was a resilient performance all-round and Pellegrini will want more of the same now.”
Hammers must use encouragement to go on a run
It was West Ham’s first league win at Stamford Bridge for 17 years.
And the victory means Pellegrini dropped right down the list in the sack race.
Next up for West Ham is Wolves on Wednesday night.
The same attitude and application there and the Hammers will be in with a chance of back-to-back wins.