Avram Grant hopes the 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.
"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.
"We won, this is the difference and this is the name of the game.
"We started a bit nervous, which you can understand from our position in the league and the last game at Liverpool.
"But the players always tried to do the right thing, were fighting and they have responded.
"We are trying to build a good mentality, which is important."
Grant insisted still being bottom was not a concern.
"We have played only 15 games, so at the moment it does not really matter if Wolves win or the others do - we need to do our job," he said. "When you come to the last few games, it is important, but now the teams who are in the top 10 can be in the bottom."