Fernando Torres felt the pressure lift from his shoulders after finally scoring his first goal for Chelsea.
The £50million man ended his 15-hour goal drought for club and country just eight minutes after coming off the bench in the champions' 3-0 Barclays Premier League win over West Ham.
Torres was in danger of becoming the most expensive flop in the history of football after failing to score in his first 13 matches since signing from Liverpool almost three months ago.
The Spain striker told ESPN: "It was not the beginning I was expecting when I signed, but it's not easy to go in January or February. I kept working and it's thanks to all my team-mates that I scored. There's less pressure for me now, now I can enjoy it."
Luck appeared to have deserted Torres as he raced onto Nicolas Anelka's pass in the 84th minute today, the ball getting stuck in a near-waterlogged pitch. But it proved a blessing in disguise as the 27-year-old swivelled and fired left-footed into the corner of the net.
"The pitch was not the best to score the goal, but football is like this," Torres added.