Ledley King has told Tottenham Hotspur’s official website that the side “deserved” to win against Sunderland on Saturday.
Tottenham returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a narrow 2-1 victory over relegation-candidates Sunderland at White Hart Lane.
Jan Vertonghen's deflected shot put Spurs in the lead as early as the third minute, but Sebastian Larsson restored parity with a wonderful free kick just past the half-hour mark.
However, the North London outfit rallied back and eventually secured the three points late on when Christian Eriksen struck in the 88th minute.
Although Harry Kane hit the post for Spurs and Vertonghen had a late goal disallowed, the hosts’ performance was not great and left much to be desired.
Former Tottenham defender King, though, was not too fussed and underlined the spirit in Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
"It was a tough game, but we're deserved winners in the end,” the 34-year-old told Tottenham’s official website. “We showed the right spirit and mentality to go to the end.”
Overall Tottenham were the better side and deserved to win, but they will need to step up their game and improve their performance.
But then again, at this stage winning is all that counts, and as long as Pochettino's side keep doing that, there should not be too many complaints.
Next up for Tottenham is a League Cup semi-final first-leg tie against Sheffield United at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.
The Blades have a good record in cup competitions, but King is confident of a win for his former team Spurs.
"We'll go into Wednesday's semi-final in good spirits and we're at home so no reason why we can't get a positive result,” said the former England international defender.
Tottenham will be favourites to win against United on Wednesday, but they cannot become too complacent.
Nigel Clough’s team are having a good season in League One and do have the potential to stage an upset at White Hart Lane.
If Spurs fail to win the first leg by at least a two-goal margin, then they could be in trouble.