Carlo Ancelotti challenged his Chelsea players to prove their worst Barclays Premier League run for almost 15 years was behind them by winning at Bolton next Monday after watching them beat Blackburn.
The champions ended a sequence of one victory in nine with arguably their best performance for more than two months, winning 2-0 to haul themselves back into the top four.
Both their goals came from corners, with Branislav Ivanovic and Nicolas Anelka punishing slack defending.
But just as after Sunday's FA Cup third-round thrashing of Ipswich, Ancelotti refused to get carried away with the result, insisting his side needed to record an away win to demonstrate their slump was at an end.
"I think a good support for us for these two games was to play at home," he said.
"Now we have to check also away in the next game against Bolton."