A late effort from Hugo Rodallega saw the Cottagers take all three points at Villa Park and lift themselves off of the foot of the table to 17th place, as fellow strugglers Cardiff lost against Crystal Palace.
Despite their position, Fulham are still five points from safety with just five games left to play in what has been a woeful season at Craven Cottage.
But Magath says that he always knew his side would beat Villa, and that this result will breed a new sense of belief in the dressing room:
“Yeah, we always believed we would win,” he told Sky Sports.
“Today, for me it was not only a win because we went in front and they got the equaliser. In these situations in the last few games we’ve gone down, but today we fought back and got the win, so I’m very happy and proud.
“We played with the confidence that we are capable of producing and can stay in the league. The win gives us the right atmosphere (in the camp) to go on and to fight for Premier League safety.”
The west Londoners trail Norwich by five points, but can take great heart from the Canaries’ difficult run-in.
Chris Hughton’s side travel to Fulham next weekend before playing Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal before the season ends.
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