CARLO ANCELOTTI admits he isn't sure his side have turned the corner yet in spite of their first win in seven games.
The Italian was mightily relieved that his side ended a wretched run of form with Wednesday night's 1-0 win against Bolton at the Bridge.
But having confidently announced his team was on the mend after a 1-1 draw at Spurs earlier this month – only to lose the next game – he is being cautious this time.
“I think that we have to wait. This is an important step but I'm not sure now that everything will be OK,” said the Chelsea boss. “We have to repeat our performance again.
“But it was important to come back to win. To change the atmosphere, to change the trend. I think the team worked very hard over 90 minutes and showed character.”
Ancelotti admits Chelsea were struggling until Florent Malouda's goal on the hour.
“It seems the goal took a weight from our shoulders,” he said.
“There was a lot of pressure on this game and we didn't play so well the first half. It was really difficult because we were not able to give tempo in the game and there were a lot of interruptions.
“We were nervous but this is normal. When the moment is not good, it's impossible to stay quiet and calm. But you can also have a good motivation to win the game.
“The second half was really better. After our goal, the team was different. We came back to play, to counter-attack and to defend well with confidence.”
The Italian said it was important to end 2010 on a good note.
“The players did a fantastic year. This was the last game of this year and we have to have a good memory of this year because we did a fantastic job, so it was good to finish this year with a victory.
“The league is open again. It's not closed for us.”