Forward Eden Hazard hailed an important three points as Chelsea held on to win 2-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League yesterday.
The Blues appeared in control at half-time after first half goals from Pedro and Hazard, who netted in the league for the first time since October.
Brighton improved after the break and got a goal back through Solly March on 66 minutes.
The Seagulls pressed for a late equaliser but Chelsea held on and speaking to Chelsea's website, Hazard said: "It was an important victory, especially the way we won.
"At the end it was hard to win the game, but the manager told us this was one of the most important games of the season, especially after a big game against Man City. We are back, and we just want to keep going and we will see at the end of the season.
"We knew before the game, and we said at half-time, that we needed to score the third one because when you go 3-0 up it is not easy for the opponent to come back.
"We didn’t, we conceded a goal and we could feel the pressure a bit in the last five, ten minutes, but we managed the game well and we deserved to win."
The win kept Chelsea fourth in the table and they are eight points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool.
Hazard said: "It is important to keep the pressure on the teams above us.
"We want to be top of the league at the end of the season. We know Man City and Liverpool are good teams, but we are with them and we don’t want the gap to be bigger than it is now.
"We just want to win games and be the best team."
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