Bilic turned 49 today (Monday) and saw his side pick up their first win of the season as they saw off a poor Huddersfield Town side 2-0 at the London Stadium thanks to goals from Pedro Obiang and Andre Ayew.
The Terriers never threatened but it looked like another frustrating night for the under-pressure Hammers boss until Obiang’s massively deflected opener knocked the stuffing out of the visitors.
West Ham are now only four points behind Spurs in the table as the win lifted them off the bottom of the Premier League and up to the dizzy heights of 18th.
Bilic was thrilled with how his players stuck to their gameplan and admitted that it wasn’t pretty to watch, but that was what he wanted.
The boss said: “They gave everything. It was a top performance from us. It wasn’t beautiful football but it was a top performance in the determination, executing the game plan.
“We scored when we had lost a bit of momentum but we provoked the luck. It gave us extra energy and then we got the second goal, kept our concentration and limited them to not much. The boys showed everything we asked them.”
Andy Carroll started his first since last April and gave a massive boost to Bilic, with the big number nine unplayable at times in often dreadful conditions in east London.
“Andy is Andy,” Bilic said.
“You know what you will get when he is on the pitch. He gave the whole team energy, giving us confidence, making other team insecure. I’ve been saying it for two years now, hopefully we can manage him so he can be fit for a whole season. He’s a top, top player.”