Luka Modric was not prepared to let his superb strike against Bolton go to his head, but instead highlighted its importance to Tottenham's European cause.
The Croatian midfielder opened the scoring at the Reebok Stadium on Wednesday night with a stunning half-volley that swerved beyond the reach of Adam Bogan and into the top corner of the Bolton net.
Bolton claimed an equaliser early in the second-half through Nigel Reo Coker, but Rafael van der Vaart restored Spurs' lead, before Emmanuel Adebayor made sure of the result with a brace.
Victory enhanced Spurs' chances of securing a place in the Champions League for next season, and allowed them to close the gap on third placed Arsenal to only a single point.
This, says Modric, was far more important than any individual performance against Bolton, although he did take some personal satisfaction from his well executed strike.
"Sometimes they go in, sometimes not, but I’m glad it went in. I’m happy about the goal and happy for the performance.
"Bolton is always a hard place to play. We did well, even when we conceded the goal we didn’t panic, we continued to play our game and scored three more good goals. It’s an important win."
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