Roy Hodgson believes West Brom have the "discipline, organisation and guts" needed alongside their other qualities to survive in the Barclays Premier League.
The Baggies achieved their first win under Hodgson when they triumphed 3-1 at fellow strugglers Birmingham yesterday.
Goals from Youssouf Mulumbu, James Morrison and Paul Scharner sealed victory for Albion who have collected five points from three games under Hodgson.
"There is a lot of quality in the squad and what we need is discipline, organisation and guts," said Hodgson. "Unfortunately, quality alone at this level won't keep you up.
"You've got to also have the other characteristics which the top teams also show. We don't talk about Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal having those characteristics but, believe me, they have and that is allied to the skill.
"If you took that side out of their game, they would pretty soon fall down the table as well. I know their managers know that as well. That's why they are going to stay up there."