Sat rock bottom of the league on a minus eight goal difference Bilic was then pushed to defend himself in a public spat with co-owner David Sullivan over transfers.
The likes of Rafael Benitez and Roberto Mancini were linked as potential replacements as speculation mounted that he would be sacked.
A 2-0 victory over Huddersfield last time out has lifted the mood and the club off the bottom.
Despite that win, though, questions are still being asked over the direction West Ham are heading under Bilic, who is into the last season of his contract.
But no fewer than six of West Ham's most senior players have spoken out in support of Bilic in what is a clear message to the owners that the squad are fully behind their manager.
"He is a passionate manager and a great manager and he deserved this because he’s been under a lot of pressure, of course, as we all know, this is the business we are in," Fonte told whufc.com.
"It was important for him and it was important for us to show our attitude and that we are always with our manager and I’m pleased for him because it was his birthday and we gave him what he wanted.
“We are experienced enough to know we are all under pressure. This is our job and we get criticised for everything, so the best way to deal with it is to go to the training ground and work harder than ever and that’s what we’ve been doing, training as hard as we can to put things right.”
Fonte isn't the only player to publicly back the manager.
And the fight the team showed on the London Stadium pitch to grind out the crucial win over Huddersfield saw the players put their words in action.