In many ways winning the way we did at Anfield, in a truly smash and grab fashion, is just as, if not more satisfying than a domineering display resulting in a comfortable three points. Having watched Liverpool throw everything at us and the inspired Ben Foster repel it all, stinging the Reds with two late goals was a brilliant feeling.
I've said it before this season but that is the type of resilience you will not have seen in Baggies' sides pre-Hodgson. There was a time we would have lost that three or four nil with a whimper, but Jonas Olsson and Gareth McAuley were brilliant in assisting Foster and keep a clean sheet that had looked so unlikely.
Having said that, Olsson had nearly cost us the game with a rash push on Suarez leading to the penalty, and although it looked soft on television replays having been close to the incident in the ground it looked reckless and stonewall. After all Olsson was the tallest player on the pitch and didn't need to push the Uruguayan to win what was a fairly routine header.
Foster's save from Steven Gerrard's penalty was world class: not only did he have to guess the right way but the ball was heading right for the corner so to spread himself and get such a strong hand to the ball was superb. From that moment on I knew we would come out with a positive result. We had withstood so much pressure and that miss seemed like the final straw for Liverpool. With the home fans becoming increasingly restless the momentum had started to shift.
McAuley's header was a great moment and capped an impressive personal performance, and from that point onwards we saw the game out with a cool assurance that was as welcome as it was surprising given our recent form. Romelu Lukaku's was a flashback to early season when our counter attacking frightened teams to death, and the finish was very clinical.
It was a great away performance because we came away with three points and a clean sheet which is all you can ask for. You could argue we rode our luck, but is having a great goalkeeper really down to luck or just good judgment? Regardless it was a fantastic way to escape the rut, especially with another two-week break coming up.