Avram Grant hopes Saturday afternoon's 3-1 victory over fellow strugglers Wigan is the start of better things to come for West Ham.
The Irons recorded a first win since the end of September following goals from Valon Behrami, Victor Obinna and Scott Parker.
However, it was not enough to lift them off the bottom after Wolves secured a late win over Sunderland, but they are now only three points from safety.
The match had been billed by the West Ham board as the "save our season game", although manager Grant maintained that was more aimed at supporters to get behind the team than a shot across his bow.
Nevertheless, there was more than a sense of relief around the Boleyn Ground at the final whistle, after Robert Green had saved a penalty from substitute Mauro Boselli and Tom Cleverly netted a consolation with a dipping drive on 85 minutes.
"It was a good win and a convincing victory, I am happy for us and hope it is only the beginning," Grant said. "We played like we have all of the other games, but were more efficient today. We won, this is the difference and this is the name of the game."