Manager Tony Pulis believes Stoke City's ability to grind out results might just keep them in the Premier League this season.
The Potters moved up to 16th place in the table following Ryan Shawcross' late headed winner in Saturday's 1-0 success over fellow strugglers Middlesbrough at the Britannia Stadium.
"It was lovely to keep a clean sheet. It was very scrappy, competitive and sometimes you have to grind results out," said Pulis.
"I thought the players were excellently today and when you've got 28,000 people, like we have, who put their heart and souls into supporting the team, then it makes such a difference.
"The fans keep the players going and I think that was shown again today, especially in the second half.
"Middlesbrough have been in the Premier League a long time and have quality so we had to be patient and stick in there and a clean sheet was enormous for us."
Shawcross' strike came from Rory Delap's long throw and Pulis admitted he was delighted to have one of his main weapons back.
He added: "That is the first time we have scored direct off a long throw since the beginning of the season.
"I think we scored eight in 13 or 14 games and after that it dried up, so we are oiling Rory up again to make sure we get that quality. It is a great weapon."