JOHNNY HEITINGA admits 'relief' was the overwhelming emotion after Everton's first win in eight games.
The 2-1 victory at West Ham United yesterday stopped the unwelcome run of results and moved the Blues up to 12th in the Premier League table.
Dutchman Heitinga returned to the squad after being forced to miss out on Thursday night's 2-0 loss at the hands of Benfica in the Europa League and put in a commanding performance in the midfield.
Signed from Atletico Madrid in the summer for £6m, the 25-year-old is amongst a number of Everton stars away on international duty this week, but insists the break will not affect the momentum gathered from the win at Upton Park.
Heitinga believes their second league away win of the campaign has left Everton in a perfect state ahead of heavyweight clashes with Manchester United and Liverpool later this month.
Heitinga said: 'The most important thing today was we won the game. At 2-0 we were playing very well but after that they scored a goal and became very dangerous - in the last 25 minutes the only thing we did was defend.
'It is a relief to have got the win. In the last few games we have not played too badly but we have not won and it is good for the team and good for our team spirit that we have won today.