Although admitting Chelsea's title dreams are dead and buried, Blues midfielder Michael Essien has revealed his delight at the manner of Tuesday's late victory over Manchester United.
The Ghanian was was named man-of-the-match for a trademark display as Chelsea ran out 2-1 winners at Stamford Bridge and has now called on his teammates to continue playing with the 'swagger' that was so apparent earlier this season.
"We knew we had to fight not to disappoint the fans and that’s exactly what we did," wrote Essien on the official Chelsea website.
"We pushed on all fronts and the swagger in our play was back to its best. The movement and drive was there for all to see and that’s what pleased the whole team.
"We didn’t drop our heads but rather held it high and wanted to show we are still no pushovers."
The 28-year-old also thanked the Chelsea fans for the vociferous support afford to the team at the Bridge against United and he believes it could spur them on to greater glories.
"Since the game, I have watched the highlights a few times and have enjoyed seeing the fans excited and pleased with our fighting spirit and performance," Essien added.
"It’s brilliant for our confidence and hopefully we will keep on going to the end of the season. We are looking good in the Champions League and we will definitely be fighting for what’s left of the season."