Wigan's unlikely weekend match-winner Maynor Figueroa hopes his last-gasp goal can inspire the team to survival in the Barclays Premier League.

The Honduras international smashed home only the third goal of his Latics career to beat Birmingham 2-1 at the DW Stadium. It proved crucial in keeping the bottom side in touch with their relegation rivals and only three points now separate eight teams at the foot of the table.

"I'm really proud of the goal because it meant three points for the team," Figueroa said. "It was a great day for us and now we must push on and get ourselves out of the relegation zone and use the confidence we have generated to continue winning games."

He added: "I was just happy to be able to contribute in this way, because I felt my performance in the first half was not so great for me."

 

In spite of their difficulties this season, manager Roberto Martinez has stuck rigidly to his principles, avoiding the temptation to scrap for points and trying to play their way out of trouble.

He was rewarded on Saturday with their equaliser coming from a flowing, incisive move which then led to them dominating the second half and deservedly winning the game.

Martinez said the result justified his belief in playing good football.

"I was extremely proud of the players," he said. "We went to Eastlands (the previous week) and performed really well against Manchester City but got nothing out of it.

"The table did not reflect our good performance and sometimes it is hard to be stubborn and stick with your football concepts and, from the players' point of view, to keep playing the right way.

"So it was pleasing to see our football give us three points back just because of the attitude of the players, playing football in the right way and believing in our concepts."

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