Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino praised an 'amazing' three points in the Champions League, but admitted it was 'unlucky' for Brighton & Hove Albion at the other end of the table.
Christian Eriksen struck with just two minutes to play in what had been a frustrating night for the dominant home side.
While it is a battle to beat the drop for their hard-working and defensive visitors Brighton, the three points were just as crucial for Spurs in the pursuit of a top-four finish.
The win moves the London club back up to third - a point above fourth-placed Chelsea. Albion meanwhile, are three points clear of Cardiff City and the final relegation place.
Pochettino said: "When you are focused on the game it is difficult to stop, think and say we we are not going to win the game. We scored a minute from the end and I am so happy. We never give up, we tried in different ways to score and Brighton were so difficult to break down.
"It's difficult for everyone to get a positive result, but I am so happy, the performance was good and the effort was massive. I was very pleased with the effort and performance after three tough games against Manchester City.
"The circumstance are not the best, but the team is showing a great maturity and they are very professional. I am so pleased and so happy and the players deserve the credit.
"It's unlucky for Brighton, but for us it's an amazing three points for us."