Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson was delighted with his side's battling display in a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Bolton Wanderers, which lifted the Reds towards the top half of the table.
Maxi Rodriguez scored the only goal of the game four minutes from time at the Reebok Stadium, after the home side had put Hodgson's men under intense pressure for much of the game.
Hodgson said: "It is still too early to be too optimistic, but at least it is a step in the right direction.
"The players now know they have got the ability to dig in, even in games like this, which is a good thing to know. It is nice to see a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel.
"We had so much of the ball, so many situations where I thought we had opportunities and we wasted them. Luckily one more came up and we took it.
"When you don't do that you are always worried one of the long throws or long balls into the penalty area is going to bounce kindly for the opposition and you are going to lose the game.
"I was delighted that didn't happen. I thought it was a very gritty performance from our back four."