Martin O'Neill praised the fans who helped his side produce a remarkable second-half display against Newcastle United. He said another sell-out crowd had made Villa Park a "place to behold" as his side battled from behind to win 4-1.
There were some boos as the home side left the pitch at half-time, but the introduction of Craig Gardner and Marlon Harewood in the second half reinvigorated the Villa team and the crowd.
O'Neill believes his side's first-half display was a hangover from last weekend's collapse at Fulham. "We were very tense," he said.
"There was probably the feeling of last week at Fulham where we hadn't got any momentum going. I thought Newcastle played very well. By half-time, they definitely deserved to be in front. We had to try to do something about it.
"The players' response was just fantastic and the fans' response was, as well. Once we got the equaliser early on, we got all the momentum going and it was a brilliant second half by us."
"The fans were terrific in the second half. We responded to that. Villa Park is a place to behold with the crowd behind us."
O'Neill also praised John Carew, who upstaged Michael Owen with a second-half hat-trick that took his tally this season to nine goal in the Premier League. However, he said the 28-year-old Norwegian striker was capable of producing that type of form on a much more consistent basis.
He said: "John was unplayable. He has fitted in really well here, been excellent in the dressing room and I have been pleased with him, but he can do even better. John was absolutely fantastic today.
"He knows he can do it and the next step for him is to produce that sort of form on a more regular basis. When he's on that sort of form, he's absolutely immense."
Meanwhile, Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan admitted his side were "bullied" by Aston Villa.
The Magpies had looked as if they were on their way to their first win since Keegan returned after Owen had struck for the second time in two games. But the Newcastle defence found the physical presence of Carew and substitute Harewood impossible to counter.
Keegan said: "I had no complaints about the first half at all. I said to the players that we had built a good platform. Instead of going a goal down, like we have been doing in most recent games, we went in front and handled everything Villa threw at us.
"I impressed at half-time on the players the importance of the opening 15 minutes of the second half and picking up where we left off.
"We were unlucky with Villa's first goal which took a deflection; even then, Shay Given would have saved it if he hadn't slipped and pulled his groin.
"You want to see how the players were going to respond after that and that was the most disappointing aspect."