Roman Pavlyuchenko insists he is determined to win a regular place under Harry Redknapp at Tottenham.
The 27-year-old has not been a regular starter for Spurs following his £13.7million move from Spartak Moscow in January.
Still the Russian marksman, who has been linked with a possible summer move, has bagged 14 goals and he is determined to make his mark at White Hart Lane.
He came off the bench to score the winner against West Ham and he was delighted with his strike.
"When you are on the bench for five games in a row, when the press are getting to you, to come off the bench and score straight away is incredibly important," he told Sport Express.
"The goal will certainly give me strength for the battle for a place in the team.
"My belief that I would definitely get my chance encouraged me. I had to keep myself fit and in form so as not to miss it.
"I needed that goal like never before - even more so as it was the winner."