Rémi Garde was thrilled to put smiles back on the faces of the claret and blue faithful - and stressed the players must lead the way in bringing joy to B6.
It's an often debated question in football - should the players inspire the fans or should the supporters lift the lads.
Garde is definitely in favour of the former and believes performances like the one against Crystal Palace will have the Villa family buzzing again after a deeply frustrating season to date.
He said: "I am very pleased - and very pleased for the fans too.
"Everyone who loves this football club has been suffering a lot.
"But in the game against Palace they saw a good match.
"I believe they will have appreciated the fighting attitude of the players.
"For sure we will have to remember that for the next one against Leicester.
"The fans had a great feeling - and they had a great attitude too.
"If we want the supporters to have this attitude then we have to put the intensity of the game against Palace in again.
"The fans follow the players. We have to be first.
"We shouldn't wait for the fans - they are not playing. They are just supporting us.
"They are behind us of course. I am pleased for them after the win over Palace."
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