Jose Mourinho's plan to play a pair of strikers backfired in his face - but the Chelsea boss was a happy man anyway after Blues edged past Hull 3-2.
The Special One had hoped to team Loic Remy alongside Diego Costa in search of a winner with the score tied at 2-2, but Chelsea's second scorer had to go off injured.
It mattered little, when the lone Remy found the net on 75 minutes and secured another win as Blues edge closer to the Premier League title.
"The victory is very, very important obviously, we go back to three points after a draw at home last week," Mourinho said.
"The performance was very, very good until 2-0. We lost a bit of quality after their two goals, but in the second-half from minute one, we recovered a good level of football. We deserved the three points.
"From our side, it was high quality football. When we conceded the two goals we were affected by that. In the last period of the first half we didn't play really well.
"We played fluid, fast, quick and dynamic football. At half-time I told my team to go back to that and play football, rather than focusing on mistakes. And we did that.
"I was going to play Remy and Diego (Costa) together, but Diego was injured so we had to go just for Remy. And even as a lone striker he got the goal.
"I think five goals is what people like. How many times do people complain when there are no goals?"