Chelsea's win at Hull fired-off a 'huge' salvo in the title race, and called to mind one of their greatest triumphs of a decade ago, according to John Terry.
The Blues raced to a two goal lead at the KC Stadium on Sunday before being pegged back level and then claiming a winner 13 minutes from time through substitute Loic Remy .
A squad of jubilant and clearly exhausted Blues players approached the away fans at the end of the match to thank them for their support.
And Terry says this was clearly a major milestone in Chelsea's bid to secure their first Premier League title for five years.
“When everyone won on Saturday, we had to come here and win before the international break,” he said. “It was huge.
“There is still an awful long way to go. We have Stoke at home and QPR away next, which is always a tough one for us.
“Hopefully everyone will come back fit after the international break and go again. It's important we get back to winning at the Bridge because it's something we haven't done for a few weeks.”
Terry said the battling nature of the win called to mind a legendary night in Blackburn a decade ago, when his Chelsea side won 0-1, and sent a very clear signal that the club's first Premier League crown was on the way.
On that night, Arjen Robben scored the winner before being carried off injured, with Chelsea's players marching shirtless on the Chelsea support at full time.
Asked about comparisons between Hull 2015 and Blackburn 2005, the Blues' captain said: “Yes. The importance of the win meant there was a different reaction - we were disappointed with the way we threw away the lead.
“At the same time we showed great character. The importance of the win showed on the players' faces and manager's afterwards.
“It was an important three points going into the international break. For everyone to dwell over that for two weeks was massive.”
Chelsea maintain their buffer of six points, plus a game in hand, over Manchester City.