Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock hailed his side as a match for anyone after a 3-1 win over Liverpool at Selhurst Park.
Feeling the heat after a poor run, the former Sheffield United manager took great delight in seeing his side come from behind and take all three points, piling the pressure on his opposite number Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool looked like halting a run of three straight defeats when Rickie Lambert broke his duck for the Reds by tucking home a perfect Adam Lallana pass inside the opening two minutes.
Lambert was handed just his second Premier League start and did not take long to take advantage of his chance.
But that was as good as it got for Rodgers’ side as Dwight Gayle - who scored twice in the memorable 3-3 draw here last season - levelled after man of the match Yannick Bolasie saw a driven effort come back off the post.
The second half started slowly but two goals in a three-minute period were enough to seal a well-deserved and much-needed win for the Eagles and Yannick supplied Joe Ledley to put the hosts ahead before skipper Mile Jedinak bent home a 30-yard free-kick to seal a 3-1 win.
Palace boss Neil Warnock was starting to feel the beginnings of some pressure on his position as he went into the game without a win since a September victory over Leicester.
But the 65-year-old felt the performance from his side would have troubled any Premier League defence as the win takes them back out of the relegation zone and up to 15th.
“The goal could have knocked the stuffing out of us, really,” he said.
“We said we wanted to play but got caught by a simple goal. You can score too early sometimes. But the way we played, constructed not kick and rush, we created some good chances. I’m disappointed we didn’t score more.
“I think we’d have done that to most teams today. That’s just this league in general. If you take anyone lightly, you can get turned over.
“We can cause any team in the league problems if we play. We need to sort out clean sheets. Julian didn’t have too much to do today but we conceded early doors again. One long ball and we ball-watched and were punished. I’d love to get some clean sheets on board.”
In yesterday’s other game, Tottenham came from behind to beat Hull 2-1 at the KC Stadium.