Gary Cahill felt the fact we came from behind to beat Southampton 3-1 at Stamford Bridge made the victory all the more pleasing.
The Blues trailed after conceding a Jay Rodriguez goal inside 13 seconds, but Cahill equalised early in the second half with his first of the season, adjusting his body to head home after Demba Ba had hit the post.
Goals from John Terry and Ba secured the three points, and Cahill was delighted with the way we responded to suffering an early setback.
‘It was a terrible start for us, one of the worst you can imagine in a game, but you just have to pretend it hasn’t happened because there’s nothing you can do about it,’ he said.
‘We still had 89 minutes to turn the game around and put it right. It was far from ideal because it puts them on the front foot and gives them a bit of confidence, but in the end it made the victory even better because we showed great character in the second half to get the goals and get the win.
‘It was a very important win. When you lose a game you always look to bounce back with a victory. We were under a little bit of pressure because we saw the other scores, so we knew we had to get a result.’
The Blues defender acknowledged that the manager’s calming words at the interval helped the players approach the second half in the right manner.
‘He stressed not to really worry about the first half in the sense of we had the second half to go and change what had happened, and we went out and did that and we were pleased that the second-half performance was good,’ he said.
‘The keeper [Artur Boruc] pulled off a couple of great saves in the first half as well so we could have gone in level but the second-half performance was a lot better.’
Cahill is usually no stranger to the scoresheet, but his first goal of the season certainly couldn’t have been timed any better.
‘I would have taken anything but Demba got a touch, it came back off the post and I got a back header and I was delighted to see that go on in because it has been a while I have not scored,’ he explained.
‘We’re about trying to get clean sheets but it’s also a bonus if you can contribute with a few goals, and between myself, Iva, JT and David we contributed a lot last season. Hopefully it will be the same this time, it’s been a while since I scored so I was really pleased to get the equaliser today.’
The game against Mauricio Pochettino’s side marked the start of a week in which we now face consecutive away matches against Sunderland and Stoke City.
Cahill, though, is confident we can build on two successive Premier League wins.
‘We have some very tough games but you can also look at them as opportunities to keep the momentum going,’ he said.
‘Maybe the consistency isn’t quite there but we’re still in the Capital One Cup, we’ve qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League and we’re pushing near the top of the table, so it’s not all doom and gloom.’