Arsene Wenger admitted he was massively relieved not to drop more points after Arsenal's late 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers.
The Gunners remained in touch with the top four after Nicklas Bendtner's 84th minute volley edged out a spirited Bolton side at the Emirates Stadium.
The result kept Arsenal's slim hopes of mounting a title charge alive during the second half of the season.
The vital three-point haul also maintained the pressure on third-placed Aston Villa, whose own victory over West Brom strengthened their chances of squeezing out the Gunners in the tightening race for Champions League football.
"We are already swimming enough against the stream not to drop points against Bolton," admitted Wenger.
"We were solid defensively and now we have won 1-0 three times, which is a good basis.
"We must just take it game by game because every match is difficult."
Meanwhile, Wenger believes Bendtner is slowly maturing into a top-class striker after the Denmark international came off the bench to bag his first goal since November.
"He had injury problems with his ankle and it affected his game, but now in training he looks sharp again," added the Frenchman.
"He had some difficult periods, but now slowly he is getting back to where he needs to be."