Vaz Te said West Ham deserved their top flight return after his late strike sealed promotion to the Premier League as they beat Blackpool 2-1 in the npower Championship play-off final at Wembley.
"It's a great effort form the lads," the striker told Sky Sports 1.
"Its not about the goal, we showed great character. I think we deserved it.
"We're a Premier League side and we deserved to go up.
"It's terrific really. I feel like I have been blessed with a second chance in my career and it's great to be here."
Vaz Te also revealed he intends to approach the Premier League full of confidence.
"It is another step, a big challenge. We must get there with the mentality that we're a Premier League side and not there to fight for relegation," he said.
"West Ham is a great club."