Rémi Garde stresses the road to survival is still "very, very long" but says the win over Norwich has given the team added belief and confidence heading into the final 13 games.
Garde admits he was thrilled to see more smiles around the stadium after the three point haul lifted the morale for everyone of claret and blue persuasion.
And he believes the feelgood factor in the dressing room following the victory can propel the team on to bigger and better things in the closing weeks of the season.
He said: "It's a start. It's a beginning. It's something to work with. It's a base we can rely on.
"We are still quite far away from where we would like to be. But it's a situation to keep in mind.
"We are still believing. My players fighting hard on the field means a lot to me.
"We were missing six or more regular first team players this past weekend but everyone involved was very committed. I think behaving in that way - we still have a chance.
"We still have to believe. We are doing that. We are still there. We will fight until the end, for sure.
"It's still a long, long way. We know that. We know it will be very, very difficult.
"This weekend was a big boost for us because we are playing to win.
"Not winning has been very painful for everyone who loves this football club and then suddenly, you know how it is, your confidence goes up a little bit up.
"Small problems disappear and you look at the faces of everyone and there are more smiles. That's very important.
"Let's say the road is still very long and very difficult. We will have a lot of suffering still. We are ready for that.
"Nobody will help us now - it will only be within the dressing room. We will look to find the resource to win this fight."
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