"We have shown fantastic consistency," he said.
"But the important game was Stoke. We had to get a result and we churned one out. It gave us a kick-start and we attacked every game after that.
"Then Macheda's effort was the catalyst for winning the league.
"If we had drawn or lost that game Liverpool would have had the scent.
"The players had just come back from international duty and we had to win."