Mauricio Pochettino expressed his delight at how “competitive” his side were in their 1-0 win over West Ham on Saturday.
Erik Lamela scored the only goal in the first half of the London Derby as The Lilywhites sealed three points at the London stadium.
“It was a very tough derby,” said Mauricio as the club's official website reported. “I’m very happy for our fans. I’m so pleased for our players, it was a fantastic performance, a competitive game and important to start a busy period with a victory away from home in another London derby.”
Asked what pleased him the most, Mauricio added: “Everything. The approach to the game, we were so competitive. I thought we deserved more than 1-0 at half-time.
“In the second half they were pushing us, it was a difficult game, we suffered a little but it’s always so important to keep fighting, maybe not playing at our best, but fighting to try to win.
“All derbies are so emotional, not only do you play with your heart but you must always play with your head as well and to sometimes be calm in order to make your decisions on the pitch.
“I am so pleased because we are in a very good position in the table and that is what pleased me the most for our fans, the players, everyone.”