Alan Pardew was relieved that his Crystal Palace side finally stopped the rot with a 1-1 draw at Swansea.
The Eagles avoided a sixth straight Premier League defeat when defender Scott Dann cancelled out Gylfi Sigurdsson's superb first-half free kick.
The game could have either way after Dann's 47th-minute leveller but Palace boss Pardew conceded the Eagles had been carrying some unwanted baggage in recent weeks.
"This was everything for us," Pardew said. "We had to sit ourselves down at half-time...