Victor Obinna declared West Ham's season starts now after netting his first Barclays Premier League goal in the crucial 3-1 win over fellow strugglers Wigan at Upton Park.
The Irons remain bottom of the table after Wolves' late comeback against Sunderland, but following a first league win since September 25 are now only three points from safety.
The Nigeria forward, on a season-long loan from Inter Milan, believes Avram Grant's men have turned the corner.
"It has been a long time that we have been hoping to win games, and finally the confidence has come," Obinna said. "Not only getting three points, but scoring three goals has boosted the morale.
"I believe this is the beginning and West Ham's season is starting now and we just have to continue this way. It is a start for us because we have been longing to win games at home, but have been drawing.
"It was a vital three points and is the start of the season, we have so many games to play and this will give us more confidence. This is really encouraging for us, it gives us more morale, more fighting spirit to keep fighting for the fans."