Thomas Sorensen has emphasised the need for Aston Villa to turn Villa Park into a fortress.
The 4-0 victory against Everton on Boxing Day was Villa's best under David O'Leary but it highlighted a poor run of form at home, with only six Premiership wins at Villa Park in 2005.
Sorensen will be in goal for the match away to Fulham tonight and he is aware that Villa have performed better away from home in recent months - but that is barely an achievement.
The time has come, Sorensen says, to turn their encouraging form into encouraging results.
"We needed that perform-ance and win against Everton," Sorensen said. "We weren't happy with the Manchester United performance [2-0 home defeat] after four good games. I thought we were on top for most of the game. Everton had a little spell in the first half but other than that, I thought we dealt with them very well and played some good stuff.
"Maybe we had a bit of luck with the first goal [when Milan Baros handled the ball before scoring] but sometimes you need that and it has been going against us in some of the other games.
" It was important for the strikers to get the goals. It is good for the team because to finish high up the table, you need the strikers to score goals and they delivered and it was important.
"Villa Park needs to become a fortress again. We have been better away from home this season but you need to win your home games.
"We have lost four at home this season, which is a few too many, so hopefully it has changed and we can put on some good performances for the fans.
"As soon as we showed that we can play to the level we can do, they are the best fans in the country. It was great to hear them."
It would be typical of Villa to follow their impressive performance against Everton with a miserable defeat but Sorensen is hopeful that the team has turned the corner.
Man for man, Villa are better than Fulham and should secure a victory, but nothing is certain where O'Leary's players are concerned. There is no more erratic team in the Premiership.
"We have a big game against Fulham," Sorensen said. "It is nice to take this win against Everton into that game because, if we can get another win there, then we can start looking the other way.
"So far so good, but there are still three games over Christmas that we need to deal with as well.
"If we continue the effort we put in and the same sort of commitment, we will get those wins but one of the things we struggle with is keeping that consistency but hopefully, taking away the Manchester United game, in the last five or six games t here has been a big improvement.
"We are going in the right direction and the momentum we have got now, we need to keep that going.
"These are the games at the moment that we need to win. Then you gain some ground. We are climbing a bit after the results went our way and a win against Fulham sets us up for a big game against Arsenal."
Fulham midfielder Papa Bouba Diop remains unavailable for tonight's game after failing to recover from his ankle injury.
Goalkeeper Mark Crossley suffered a recurrence of his hamstring problem in the 3-2 defeat by Chelsea so may be replaced in the starting lineup by Tony Warner.
Claus Jensen, Moritz Volz and Steed Malbranque remain in the treatment room but Collins John could start.