West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said he was delighted with his side's 2-1 win over Sunderland on Monday night.
Goals in each half from Andy Carroll and Mohamed Diame helped West Ham move 11 points clear of the relegation zone.
The victory all but assured the east London side of Premier League safety with just six games remaining.
"We have sent all the West Ham fans, staff and the players home happy because we're all delighted after getting a well-earned victory at the Stadium of Light," Allardyce told West Ham TV.
"That's 37 points now, which is only one point behind our total from last year when we had 38. This time we've got 37 so it hasn't been quite as bad as it's been made out to be!"