Kirkland had a horror start to the season as the Latics shipped 10 goals in their first two home matches this term.
He missed the next game through injury, Ali Al-Habsi kept a clean sheet at Spurs - and the on-loan Bolton stopper has retained his place since.
Kirkland, 29, said: "Ali came in and did great and I had no arguments. I couldn't go to the manager and say I'd been playing well.
"There's only myself to blame and I just have to get back to it."