Slaven Bilic was a happy man after watching his Albion side come out on top as the division's two in-form sides faced each other.
Jake Livermore's rocket was enough to give Albion all three points in a close game against Hull City.
Albion's skipper fired home from 25 yards in the 28th minute to extend the Baggies lead at the top of the Championship to two points over Preston North End.
The Baggies enjoyed the better of the first half but were made to work hard for the points after the break.
"We didn't want to just defend, give them the ball and then play on counter-attack," Bilic told Radio WM.
"They were gambling and the key was to take advantage of the space. The only thing that was missing, apart from a few individual mistakes, was the second goal.
"They were not clear-cut chances, apart from Grady (Diangana)'s, but basically there were five or six situations you can walk into the goal - we were passing so great until that last pass and that's why we had to suffer until the end of the game.
"But we defended really well, not only the back four but the whole team in a tough away game. we played against a team that were on the front foot because of the quality of their results and the players they have."