Petr Cech believes Chelsea's 1-0 victory over Sunderland yesterday (Saturday) could be a 'very important' moment in their season.
After shutting out Portsmouth in the FA Cup last weekend, the win represented consecutive clean sheets for the Blues as Frank Lampard struck the winner at Stamford Bridge.
And, after keeping just one blank in the month of December, Cech is convinced Andre Villas-Boas' side are moving in the right direction with some big victories.
"You need 1-0 [wins] to have a lot of points," Cech told Chelsea TV online.
"Usually, as many games you win 1-0 you have more chance to win things. We now have two clean-sheets in a row, three very good victories in the New Year and hopefully it will continue this way.
"It was very important because we won 1-0 and when you score one goal and you don’t concede you have three points every time and that's a big advantage."
Cech admitted that the Blues haven't always been at their best this term though, giving away advantages on a number of occasions to drop some crucial points in the race for a Champions League place.
But, after the win over Martin O'Neill's resergent Black Cats, the Czech Republic international is hoping more of the same is just around the corner in west London.
"As soon as you score you think the game might be over and might get three points but if you score a second goal – this season it hasn’t been the case. We surrendered a 1-0 win may times and even lost some points, like against Aston Villa," added the Chelsea No.1.
"So it was unusual for us but that is the way it was a little bit this season and we are working to improve all the time and now we have two clean-sheets in a row, which is very good, and hopefully we will add some [more]."