Alan Pardew was relieved that his Crystal Palace side finally stopped the rot with a 1-1 draw at Swansea in the Premier League.
The Eagles avoided a sixth straight Barclays Premier League defeat when defender Scott Dann cancelled out Gylfi Sigurdsson’s superb first-half free-kick.
The game could have either way after Dann’s 47th-minute leveller but Palace boss Pardew conceded the Eagles had been carrying some unwanted baggage in recent weeks.
“This was everything for us,” Pardew said. “We had to sit ourselves down at half-time and take away the tyre that we were dragging behind us after five defeats.
“Make no mistake, it was Crystal Palace DNA which got us home by getting blocks in at the end.
“We thwarted a Swansea side who are in good form, so it makes it a little bit more sweet that we managed to pull it back.
“I was frustrated in the first half because I know these players and I know they are better than that. But, in football, if there’s a slight doubt in your mind and you take on too much tactically you can’t play with instinct.
“We managed to get them to think differently in the second half and it helped us.”
Emmanuel Adebayor made his first start since joining Palace in the January transfer window.
Pardew said on Thursday that Adebayor’s fitness levels only permitted a cameo appearance but, in the event, the former Arsenal and Tottenham striker played 86 minutes at the Liberty Stadium.
“He had a couple of moments in the game where you can see the class he has,” Pardew said. “He was great in the dressing room and he has settled in very quickly.
“His levels are not quite where you’d like them but he played for a long time today and those minutes are going to help him going forward.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with his application and the way he’s conducted himself since he’s been here. I reckon in about three games we’ll see the best from him.”