THOMAS SORENSEN believes Stoke City's return to winning ways against Blackburn Rovers has given them the perfect platform to build upon as they head into a busy December on the domestic and European fronts.
The Danish international goalkeeper and his team-mates gained their first win in five Barclays Premier League matches as they swept aside struggling Blackburn in the live televised match at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
Goals from midfield pair Rory Delap and Glenn Whelan as well as a superbly-taken Peter Crouch strike fired the hosts into a three-goal lead, before Ruben Rochina grabbed Rovers some consolation five minutes from time.
"It was a huge win for us to be honest, one that we were all desperate for," Sorensen told stokecityfc.com. "With the results we have had recently a lot of people had been asking questions of us, but we answered them today.
"When you are losing games, it is obviously going to affect you out there on the pitch, but we have shown our character again today.
"Now, we have to look onwards and upwards. This result gives us a real platform to build upon as we approach the end of the year."
He added: "It's been a tremendous 12 months for the club and it would have been disappointing if it were to peter out. Thankfully, though we have got these three points under our belt now and we have to make sure we push on."
A point against Dynamo Kiev in the penultimate Europa League Group E encounter on Thursday evening would secure the Potters a spot in the last 32 of the competition; an opportunity Sorensen says the players are relishing:
"It goes to show how far we have come again this year, like I was just saying. To be within a point of guaranteeing ourselves a spot in the next round is a fantastic position to be in, but we know we still have a big job on our hands.
"It will be another huge test for us and one we have got to overcome if we are to push on. They Dynamo Kiev will come here desperate to get the win so we will have to be at full tilt if we are to get the result we want," he added.
"I'm not sure whether it will be me or Asmir in goal. I suppose it may be a case of roles being reversed, but whether it is me or not, I'm sure the gaffer will have somebody in there more than capable of doing the job."