Craig Dawson says clean sheets are invaluable currency at the business end of the Sky Bet Championship campaign.
The Baggies have recorded seven shutouts in their last 13 fixtures - and four on the bounce away from The Hawthorns.
Darren Moore’s men ground out a 2-0 win at Villa Park on Saturday after scoring twice in five minutes just before the interval.
And Dawson believes resilience in defence can be just the tonic Albion need to get over the line in their remaining 14 fixtures - beginning at Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday.
“We’re at the business end of the season,” Dawson insists. “It’s important for us that we keep the clean sheets coming and we do that by being well prepared for the games ahead.
“It was important we got another clean sheet on Saturday and it helped us to a great win.
“The more clean sheets we can keep the better chance we will give ourselves to win games. That’s what we must do going into the final weeks of the season and it was great to do it again at Villa, as we did at Stoke the week before.
“We’ve had a lot of success going forward this season but now we’ve tightened things up at the back as well so we’re in a good place.
“It was tough on Saturday to sit in and hold on but it was important to see the game out. We got two great goals and it could have been more but the second-half was all about winning.
“Everyone stuck to the task and fair play to all the lads because we worked really hard.
“We have to stay focussed and continue to work hard.
“It’s going to be another tough week and it’s important we recover well after each game. Hopefully we can go to QPR on Tuesday and earn a similar result.”