Andre Villas-Boas saluted the fighting qualities of his Tottenham side after seeing them come from behind to see off struggling Sunderland.
John O'Shea's own goal sealed a second successive victory for Spurs on the back of their 2-2 draw with Manchester United, a run which has gone a long way towards erasing the memories of their 6-0 horror show at Manchester City last month.
Andre Villas-Boas: "It was a very important win for us. It completes a good, good week, a good start to December.
"Two away fixtures, a Premier League midweek fixture and Manchester United at home was always a difficult scenario following our defeat against City, so it's a great fightback from the team finally completed - and we have put ourselves back on track in a position where we can challenge for the top.
"Credit to the players. Our group has been immense in this situation that we faced and fought back to these great results recently.
"It's very tight. Now we have Liverpool at home and Southampton away, teams that are in the frame with us.
"It's important for us, if we want to get ourselves near the top, to have a result against Liverpool, so this enables us to be in touching distance with them, and hopefully we can do just that on Sunday against them."