Crystal Palace's first win in eight Championship games - a 1-0 success at Nottingham Forest - was well deserved, according to manager Dougie Freedman.
Glenn Murray's strike was enough to five the Eagles all three points, the forward slotting home with 56 minutes gone after Wilfried Zaha and twisted and turned to create an opening. Forest remain in the bottom three as a result, but Freedman was only interested in his own side.
"It was a fantastic result and the performance merited it," said the Scot. "Forest are a good team with good attacking players but we stood up to them and got our rewards. We showed a lot of spirit and pride to come away with a result."
He added: "Our performances recently have been good but we have not been getting the crucial goals. Today we did.
"We have had a lot of games in a short space of time recently but I was delighted with everyone today. They all played their part in an excellent display.
"We are a growing team and a growing club and to be sitting in the top half of the division and in the semi-final of a cup is great. The good thing is that we are getting better all the time.
"I don't want to dampen expectations but we have to be realistic and talk of us being involved in the play-offs would be a huge bonus."
The only concern for Forest, who have been in the play-offs for the last two seasons, is to get clear of the bottom three, but this was their fourth successive defeat without scoring a goal.
But manager Steve Cotterill remains upbeat and argued: "We could have been 4-0 up at half-time and ended up winning the game six. There is not a lot wrong with us and we played some fantastic football. But it's not a big secret that we struggle to score goals.
"If we had a regular 20-goal-a-season man we would not have lost the games we have come to the stage when one or two of our strikers have got to come to the fore."