And their victory over Swansea City at the London Stadium before the international break came after a turgid performance with many feeling the result merely papers over the cracks.
Slaven Bilic is a man under pressure with supporters leaving early in their droves during the last two home games against the Swans and bitter rivals Spurs.
Pundits and rival fans have been quick to mock the Hammers faithful for leaving early, pointing out that not many would have seen Diafra Sakho's 90th minute winner last time out.
Carlton Cole celebrates helping West Ham back to the Premier League
But in a timely interview with West Ham's official website, cult hero Carlton Cole has lavished praise on the club's loyal supporters.
"I appreciated how the fans treated me and every time I go back they treat me very well," Cole told whufc.com.
"I’ve got so much respect for West Ham fans, because once you’re a West Ham player and have a good relationship with them, they’ll always respect you. Hats off to them.
"I’m very happy to be part of West Ham’s history and I’ll always love West Ham."
Cole is mobbed by fans during the infamous Carling Cup match between West Ham and Millwall
Just when Hammers fans didn't think they could love Cole any more than they already do, his comments will further cement his place in their hearts.
While Cole often divided opinion with his performances as a striker he was never found wanting for desire or passion and did enter an exclusive club of forwards who have scored more than 50 goals for West Ham.