Nico Hulkenberg said he was delighted with fourth place in the Belgian Grand Prix despite initially hoping he might manage a maiden Formula 1 podium.
Hulkenberg was confident that his two-stop strategy was the correct decision as he raced to his best finish in F1.
The result took Hulkenberg ahead of team-mate Paul di Resta in the championship and elevated Force India to seventh in the constructors' standings, above Williams, which failed to score.
"I've got a big smile on my face today because it's just the result we needed for our fight for the championship," Hulkenberg said.
"I was as high as second and for a while I was even thinking we could finish on the podium.
"But the race was tough. I had some great fights with Kimi and Michael, I was always on the limit.
"The start was eventful, but fortunately I was able to avoid the debris and take advantage of the situation."
Di Resta ran behind Hulkenberg in fourth following the early-race restart, but was compromised by a KERS problem and could only finish 10th.
"[It was] a tough race for me, largely due to a KERS failure on the car just before the race, which really hurt my performance and speed on the straights," said di Resta.
"I couldn't really attack or defend, which is a shame because I ended up in fourth place after the start, but we couldn't capitalise on it."