Head coach Eddie Howe was pleased to see his Bournemouth outfit pass the 40-point mark by claiming a comprehensive 5-0 victory at out-of-form Brighton.
The Cherries had won only one of their previous nine Premier League games, but hit top form at the Amex Stadium as they ran riot against a Seagulls outfit who have now lost four games in a row in all competitions without scoring a goal.
And Howe was delighted with the performance, which banished any lingering fears of being dragged into the relegation battle.
He told reporters: "It has been a difficult run for us recently, so we knew the importance of this game, we were desperate to win.
"It has been a frustrating second half of the season. We started so well that we felt we could really go on and achieve special things and it hasn't really materialised.
"Our squad has been really stretched with injuries, we've missed some key players and that has halted our progress really.
"But we have come through it and got above the 40-point mark and it's a nice place to be, but the longer-term thing is finding consistency."
Next up for Bournemouth is a visit from already relegated Fulham next Saturday, with the meeting of the two sides at Craven Cottage earlier this season having finished 3-0 to the South Coast outfit.
The Cherries are 3/5 to claim all three points again and are 14/1 to secure another 3-0 victory, with Bournemouth now 7/1 to finish in the top half of the Premier League standings.
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