Jimmy Shan reckons Albion needed the rub of the green against Reading after the Baggies' first 0-0 stalemate of the campaign.
Jay Rodriguez's thunderbolt smashed back off the post before Dwight Gayle's follow up was cleared off the line. Matty Phillips then had a volley saved as Albion drew a rare blank.
“In the last 10 to 15 minutes there was only one team that wanted to win the game. We created so many chances in the closing stages," Shan said.
“It wouldn’t go for us, and we could have played for another 15 minutes and it probably wouldn’t have gone in, it was one of them days.
“From my point of view and for the dressing room, it was really important to get a clean sheet.
“We defended very well in the back third of the pitch. We were difficult to penetrate and play through so we’re delighted with the clean sheet.
“I’ve got no doubts about our attacking ability and what we can do in the final third and you’ve only got to look at how many goals we’ve scored this season. We haven’t kept too many clean sheets so it’s another one to add to that.
“I think when you have a clean-sheet mentality, when you have what we have at the top end of the pitch, we’ll always look a threat and we’ll always score goals.”