Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson was pleased with the way his side coped without the inspirational qualities of captain Steven Gerrard in the 3-0 victory over West Ham at Anfield.
The match was won in the first half after goals from Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt from the penalty sport and Maxi Rodriguez, taking the Reds within three points of fourth place currently occupied by Bolton. West Ham were woeful in the first half and improved only slightly after the break.
"It was important to win and I think we did it in some style," said Hodgson.
"We knew what we had to do. We were concerned we would have to do it without Steven and Lucas Leiva (who was suspended) but the players selected did really well.
"We got the three points we needed and we got it with not only a good performance but a thoroughly professional performance.
"I don't think the words comfortable and relaxed are words us managers use too often but if you're not comfortable 3-0 up at half-time and they've not had a shot on goal you're never going to be."