Sven Goran Eriksson spoke of his relief after Leicester produced their best performance of the season to end Brighton's unbeaten run with a 1-0 win.
The Foxes dominated throughout against previously table-topping Brighton and deserved more than their 46th-minute winner, which arrived when Japan midfielder Yuki Abe headed home a Darius Vassell cross.
Eriksson said: "I'm very happy with the performance and result. I thought we performed very well for 90 minutes, finally."
He added: "That was the real Leicester City which we had not seen perform previously over a full 90 minutes. The closest we had seen it was for 60 minutes against Forest when we led 2-0 but allowed them to draw.
"Here we played the number one team in Brighton and we were the better team. We stood up to a good technical team who were well organised and very quick to attack"
And the Swede lavished praise on strikers Jermaine Beckford and Vassell, saying: "Our front two worked very hard. They are not easy to defend against. For the goal Vassell's cross was excellent
"Beckford was calm, clever and didn't give the ball away."
Brighton boss Gus Poyet conceded his previously unbeaten side were poor.
He said: "We were not good enough technically for some reason. We were chasing the game. Overall we were not good enough.
"We made too many bad decisions. We slowed the game down too much and played too direct."
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