Slaven Bilic insists West Ham’s Premier League win over Watford was crucial in their bid to reach the top four.
Andy Carroll hit his sixth goal in six games and Mark Noble tucked away two penalties to move the Hammers to within four points of fourth-placed Arsenal.
Bilic felt that, if West Ham failed to win they could kiss goodbye to their Champions League dream.
Instead, the Upton Park boss has targeted four victories from their last four matches to crank up the pressure on Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United.
“I told the players beforehand that this is kind of like a decisive game,” he said. “This will determine if we are going to look up, or look down.
“It’s nice to have a cushion below and it’s nice to be three points behind United and to close the gap to City.”