JONNY Evans says Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton has far greater importance than the three Premier League points it gives Albion.
The Club skipper headed the Baggies in front after just four minutes at The Hawthorns before fellow-defender Craig Dawson doubled the lead in the second-half.
The victory ends an unwanted barren run for Alan Pardew’s men, who are now just two points behind 17th-placed AFC Bournemouth.
And Evans admits it’s a chance for Albion to go into next week’s trip to Everton in buoyant mood.
“A lot of our performances recently have been like that but the difference today was that we got the ball in the net,” said the Baggies captain.
“The two-goal lead is something we haven’t had a lot of and it gives you something to hold on to.
“I thought we defended really well in the second-half.
“It’s only three points to add to our tally but it’s something, that feeling of winning, when you haven’t had that for a long time, sometimes you forget what that’s like.
“The atmosphere in the changing rooms was really positive and hopefully we can taste more of that.
“Every week people refer to our games as ‘must-win’ so it’s important to keep your head when the pressure builds.
“It’s important to go into games with a clear head.”
And Evans piled praise on the supporters who created a cauldron of noise at The Hawthorns.
“The manager spoke after the game about how the fans are right behind us,” revealed the Northern Ireland international.
“It’s good to see that as we haven’t given them too much to cheer about.
“He said that it’s great that the fans are still behind you at this club and use that to your advantage.
“They were fantastic today and they kept us going.”