Defender Danny Rose has praised Tottenham’s “great response” after coming from a goal behind to beat Sunderland 4-1 on Saturday.
After a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Leicester on Wednesday, Spurs fell behind when Sunderland full-back Patrick van Aanholt burst forward to send his side into the lead.
But the hosts hit back immediately and levelled just 91 seconds later through Christian Eriksen, who completed a brace after Mousa Dembele had put Spurs ahead, with a late Harry Kane penalty sealing a 4-1 win.
The win means Spurs will stay in the top four this weekend and Rose believes that their ability to respond shows their potential to fight for the Premier League title.
The 24-year-old said: “We need to put teams away in the first half to make the game easier in the second half and we’ll get a lot more space if we do that.
“It was a great response to going behind today, though, and if you want to be where we are in the table and even higher you have to show consistency and great ‘bouncebackability’ from upsets.
“We had an upset against Leicester on Wednesday and we’ve shown a great ability to respond today.
“The gaffer has made changes and everyone that came in justified the manager’s decision, which shows great character from the team.
“We’ve shown that throughout the whole season.”
Rose came into the side against the Black Cats as Pochettino continued his policy of rotating his full-backs on a regular basis.
Kieran Trippier was also recalled as Kyle Walker and Ben Davies dropped out of the team, but Rose feels that Spurs are solid at the back despite the rotations.
“What I will say is that we’ve made a massive improvement from last season in terms of not leaking two or three goals and needing to score more than that to win a game,” said Rose.
“In terms of being solid at the back, people who are not playing regularly coming in and doing ever so well is a massive achievement.
“We’re all over the moon with how the season is going but if there’s a message that we can all take from it so far then it’s to not get carried away and take each game as it comes.”