Norwich boss Paul Lambert insisted his table-topping side were worthy winners after two late goals in the space of four minutes snatched a 2-1 victory at struggling Brighton.
The relegation-haunted Seagulls were 10 minutes away from their first home league win under manager Gus Poyet when leading scorer Grant Holt cancelled out Elliott Bennett's 21st-minute strike before Gary Doherty scored the winner.
He said: "I was angry at half-time. We had a lot of the ball without creating a lot. The second half was more like us and I got the reaction I was looking for. I felt we deserved it in the end. We really went for it and I'm delighted with the win."
Lambert felt it was crucial that his side bounced back after losing their 16-match unbeaten run to Millwall the previous week.
He added: "I wanted a reaction after the Millwall game and our lads were terrific.
"We're four points clear at the top but there's a long way to go and we need to do our best to stay there."
Striker Holt confessed that he felt the side were "a bit sloppy" in the first half and added: "It was a great three points because we were getting beat.
"We looked a lot more positive in the first 15 minutes of the second half. This was no easy match but the win gives us confidence to go on another unbeaten run."
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