Barry Bannan believes Palace’s victory at Hull City could kick-start a run that propels the club up the Premier League table.
The former Aston Villa man opened his account for the Eagles less than two minutes after Yannick Bolasie was sent off, to secure all three points for the 10-man visitors.
The hard-fought victory at the KC Stadium was their first away Premier League win in 19 attempts. And the Scotland international midfielder was pleased to prove the match-winner with his first strike for Palace, after moving to south London in the summer.
Bannan said: “I’m delighted. It was more important for us to get the win, but for me to score the goal as well was brilliant.
“I think we were on top in the second half. We were looking a threat and we looked like scoring. We were just sticking to a game plan and were hurting them on the counter attack. That’s when we got the goal and it was good to get the goal so quickly after going down to 10 men.
“Having the extra man would have given them fresh belief, but when we scored I think that killed that.”
New manager Tony Pulis watched the game from the stands and Bannan believes that gave the players an extra incentive going into the game on Humberisde.
Asked if Pulis’ presence inspired the players, Bannan said: “I would say so. Under Keith, we’ve really enjoyed it, he’s been brilliant. Obviously, with the new gaffer coming in now, it’s a fresh start for all the boys involved at the club. I think you saw that, everyone was trying to impress and it showed on the pitch. Everyone was throwing bodies in front of balls to get those three points.
“We’ll get on the training ground again on Monday, work with the new gaffer and we’re all looking forward to that.
“As a footballer your main job is not to worry about what’s going on off the pitch. You’ve just got to do your job on the pitch and on the training ground. I’ve done that and I’m sure a lot of the boys have gone about it the same way.
“Obviously there’s been a little bit of uncertainty surrounding the manager, but I don’t think that’s affected us.”
Bannan said the win over Hull City has added to a firm belief within the squad that Palace can pull out of the bottom three and avoid an instant return to the Championship.
The win took them off the bottom of the league and to within three points of safety, with games against Norwich, West Ham and Cardiff to follow during the next fortnight.
Bannan added: “We’ve never doubted it. Obviously we’ve been on a tough run of seven games without winning and sometime it can creep in, but we’ve got a strong group of lads here and we’ve never doubted that we can stay in this league.
“Now we’ve got a good run of games coming up against teams in and around us and if we can pick up points I’m sure we’ll start to shoot up that table.”