"It certainly helps and we knew the enormity of it," Bruce said ahead of Toon's clash with West Ham United.
"It was a good time to get three points. It's about getting the points you need, whatever that total is.
"It sets us on our way, we still have a long way to go.
"There's still a lot of twists and turns in my opinion because that's what the Premier League is but it was a huge victory for us.
"But Burnley was a huge victory for us."