Glenn Murray believes a win over West Ham can be “massive” for Albion in their survival battle.

But so can the fact they have been chiselling out points in their tough winter.

The Seagulls brightened a run of one win in 14 league games by seeing off West Ham with a bit of style.

Murray admitted things were “nervy” at times after his opener had been cancelled out by some Javier Hernandez magic.

But, given the chance in an interview to admit morale had dipped in recent weeks, he turned it down.

And he cited points picked up on the road plus a couple of hard-fought FA Cup wins as reasons.

The ten-goal top scorer said: “It’s massive for us at this stage of the season, especially with how tight the bottom of the league is.

“But when you say that stat like that (one win in 14), that’s not how we’ve seen it because we’ve played well, we’ve broken it up with wins in the FA Cup.

“It’s always possible for not only a newly-promoted Premier League team but any Premier League team to go through a difficult patch like we have been.

“I believe we have stayed strong.

“And we haven’t been losing too many, we’ve been picking up points away from home which has been crucial.

“And obviously another three points (on Saturday) is crucial.”

Murray’s goal was the least spectacular of the four but it was a gem of its kind.

He timed the run well, he took all the time afforded him and he guided a low shot close, but not too close, to Adrian as the Hammers’ keeper looked to shut down the angles.

That was the start the hosts needed as they began the game brightly, although not all went to plan en route to the points.

Murray said: “I’m not bothered if they are spectacular or not.

“As long as they go in off me I’m happy.

“We work on it day in and day out and you just try to keep your cool and put it on target.

“If he saves it, then he’s done his job. As long as I get it on target then I’ve done my job to a certain extent and luckily it’s gone in.”

Murray said the nerves crept in once West Ham got back on terms.

He said: “I think they probably had the ascendancy towards the latter part of the first half.

“Luckily we managed to get a very, very good goal that set us on our way. Maybe a bit of luck involved, it’s gone into the top corner although he tells us there’s no luck involved.

“But we’ll take it and obviously we built on that and then Pascal (Gross) put the icing on the cake and in the end it was a comfortable three points.”

Izquierdo insisted there was no fortune in his goal and Murray made a comment with a grin on his face.

That was the sort of mood there was around the squad after the game.

It can all get serious again now in the build-up to the Stoke trip.

As against the Hammers, Izquierdo can look to complete a home-and-away double versus the Potters, as can Gross.

Both scored in the 2-2 draw at the Amex