Eddie Howe hailed Bouremouth’s “togetherness” as the key to their success after their 2-1 victory at Aston Villa.
Goals from Steve Cook and Joshua King put Bournemouth 2-0 up at Villa Park before Jordan Ayew scored a late consolation for the home side.
It moved the Cherries to 41 points to all but seal survival during an impressive debut Premier League season ahead of games against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United in the run-in.
“It feels really good, we have been disappointed with how we played in the previous two games and we knew the importance of today when you look at the rest of our fixtures,” Howe said.
“That was reflected in our performance. It was a game of few chances, but luckily we took ours when they came.
“The togetherness been at the core of all our success. We have a squad of players who have given absolutely everything. They have devoted their careers to self improvement. ”
Striker Callum Wilson also returned as an injury-time substitute having been out since September with a serious knee injury.
Howe added: “It was a big moment for everyone, he has been a pivotal part of our success. He started so well in the Premier League and looked like he had the world at his feet. It’s a true test of character and he has done everything right.”