Palace manager Tony Pulis hailed the attitude and commitment of his players following their 1-0 victory over West Ham.
Marouane Chamakh’s first half header proved enough to secure a huge three points for the Eagles on Pulis’ first home game in charge.
The win lifted them off the bottom of the Premier League and to within three points of the Hammers and Cardiff City – who visit Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Speaking to the media after the match, Pulis said: “It’s a great result tonight and what we have to do is obviously win games and put points on the board to give everybody hope.
“The supporters were wonderful tonight, but you have to win these games to give them the opportunity and the chance to do what I’ve come here to do, which is keep the club up.
“If you win games, you give them hope and the more hope you give them, the more they’ll back the team.
“They all have to buy into what we need and that is when teams come to Palace, it’s got to be a fortress.”
Pulis revealed that he has been delighted with the application of his players both on the pitch and off it, since he arrived at the club 10 days ago – but reiterated the importance of the January transfer window in adding to the squad.
He added: “The players have been fantastic. The attitude of the players and the commitment of the players has been absolutely wonderful from the first minute I walked in.
“We will need to strengthen the side. We need to bring a bit more quality into it and I think they will be absolutely delighted if we can do that. Obviously we have to do that within what the club can afford. But we need to stay in the race before the window opens.
“The resilience and the commitment was there. We had good organisation, we’ve worked really hard on trying to fill spaces and keep people in front and I thought we did that tonight very well at times.”
Tony Pulis’ post-match press conference will be available to watch on Palace Player tomorrow.