"We have to be able to mix things up. When it's possible to get the ball down, pass and show our quality, it's better for us, but we also have to be able to fight like we did today.
"We need to be as strong as the other teams and make sure we win even when we are not at our best."
The full-back, who started his second consecutive game after recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, knows the pressure was on to pick up all three points against Wigan to keep pace with league leaders Arsenal.
"It's very important to keep our place right near the top of the table. We haven't done that in recent seasons because of bad starts."