Ian Holloway was delighted after seeing his Palace side end a run of 10 games without an away win by beating Derby County 1-0 at Pride Park.
Yannick Bolasie's 13 minute goal and a penalty save from Julian Speroni ensured all three points were collected, and Holloway heaped praise on both players as the Eagles creep closer to the automatic promotion places.
In his post match press conference, he said: "It's great to get that monkey off our back and it took a marvelous save from our goalie who I thought was inspired tonight. To do well you need a good goalie and he proved that tonight, but it was a good job he did. I knew it would be a tough game as Derby have been unlucky this season but they have a young side who are so enthusiastic and energetic and they deserved better than they got tonight, but we have to take that the way things have gone.
"We all looked a little bit nervous at the end there, myself included, because we wanted it so badly and yet the majority of that was a very good performance.
"Julian was exceptional tonight, he got his body in front of two chances they should have scored but I thought Yannick was the difference tonight, he got on the end of something that was a bit fortunate and even though he looked to have pushed it a bit too far he's so quick and took it round the keeper so I'm delighted for him.
"I'm excited; we've got 11 games left and we're in with a shout of automatic promotion which is fantastic for everybody at the club. Even if we hadn't got what we wanted tonight I would have still been buzzing as the whole energy around the place is on the up and I'm very proud of that."