He said the victory, on an emotionally charged day when Liverpool paid tribute to families of the Hillsborough disaster after the publication of the independent report exonerating fans, more than made up for it.
"It has been four or five years since we got a win here. It was an ugly win, probably our worst performance in that time, but we will take that," he said.
"We didn't get going as an attacking force. We were on the back foot for most of the first half and sometimes it creates its own problems.
"With the occasion and the emotions involved, we just wanted to come here, get the job done and get out with the three points.
"We have done that so we are well pleased. You can get really involved and sometimes the emotion of the occasion can affect you.
"They dealt with it fantastically. You have to pay tribute to that but we won the game - that is all that matters."