Slaven Bilic has been a man under severe pressure and he could have been minutes from the sack with his side heading for a 0-0 draw against Swansea City last time out.
But Diafra Sakho's last minute goal may well have saved the Croatian going into the last international break of the year even if the club's fans feel it merely papered over the cracks.
The goal came after a turgid Hammers performance and courtesy of a superb assist from a man who has been slowly but surely turning his West Ham career around, Arthur Masuaku.
Masuaku was a late substitute in the game but after chipping in with assists and goals in recent weeks Hammers fans have been calling for the DR Congo man to start.
And now he has endeared himself to supporters even more with some refreshingly honest observations from the win over the Swans, in an interview with the club's official website.
"It was good to win... it was a very tough game against a good team, but we have the three points and this is the most important thing for us," Masuaku told whufc.com.
“It was difficult, as Swansea played very well, but I have to be honest, I don’t think we played well, in my opinion.
"We have to improve and work hard in training starting from next week. We have to be positive because I think we have a good team and a great squad, so let us keep working to get higher up the league.”
It makes a change to hear a player telling it how it is rather than try to gloss over what has been a hugely frustrating season so far for the Hammers.
Players and managers are often quick to make excuses but Masuaku has shown a maturity that will stand him in good stead as he tries to prove himself at the London Stadium.