Match-winner Andreas Weimann praised Villa's ability to cope with the pressure in their tension-busting victory over Hull.
Weimann steered the claret and blues over the Barclays Premier League survival threshold with two goals in Saturday's 3-1 success.
And he felt the high-tempo start - which saw the hosts take the lead in less than 60 seconds through Ashley Westwood - settled the nerves around Villa Park.
"I think everyone felt the pressure around the ground," said Weimann.
"We needed to win and everyone stepped up. We performed well and got the points that we needed.
"We were playing at home and needed the win so we said we were going to press them for the whole 90 minutes.
"That's what we did and obviously we got a goal after 60 seconds."
Weimann was relieved to get back on the goal trail after hitting the target for the first time since January.
The Austrian forward's first arrived from a rebound after Nathan Baker saw headers cleared off the line and come back off the bar in quick succession.
The second came from a superb cross by Jordan Bowery, who impressed after replacing the injured Gabby Agbonlahor.
"It was a nice feeling," added Weimann.
"I haven't scored as many goals as I'd like this season but this was the day we needed to win and we stepped up and I got the two goals.
"Nathan had two or three headers that didn't go in. I was praying - 'just bounce to me please' - and luckily it did and I put it in the net.
"The second goal was brilliant work from Jordan.
"He was unbelievable when he came on for Gabby. He did really well down the left and put a beautiful cross in.
"I managed to get in front of the defender and flick it in with my head.
"Jordan came on and was probably the man of the match.
"He ran everywhere and held the ball up for us. He set the goal up and did brilliant."
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