Brighton & Hove Albion striker Florin Andone said the side treated their 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town like a cup final.
The Romanian headed home the winner in the 79th minute to give the Seagulls their first league victory of 2019, and reflected on a valuable three points after the final whistle.
He said, "We knew we hadn't won in 2019 and, for us, these three points are very, very important. Huddersfield are a team below us in the league and this game represented the perfect opportunity to end our bad run.
"We treated this game like a final, and we are so happy to have won it. It was a really tough game - Huddersfield played well, but we got the job done.
"Before I came on I knew I had to keep things simple and give my all. I got a shot off soon after coming on and Jan Lossl made a great save, which made me angry, but I kept faith in my ability."
The summer arrival now has five goals this season and is hungry for more, as Albion continue to fight to secure their top-flight status for another campaign.
"I was able to grab the goal to keep me in some goalscoring form, having scored against West Bromwich Albion in my last game [in the FA Cup].
"That's important for my mentality and now I have confidence going forward. We're not safe yet, there are 10 games to go. Today was a final and there are more to come.
"Next up we've got Crystal Palace, so that's what we're focusing on now. Step by step, we'll get there."