The side from the Reebok Stadium have had a poor start to the season, and many are tipping The Trotters to struggle against relegation this term.
Despite this, Ivan Klasnic and Chris Eagles doubles and a Kevin Davies strike gave the home side a comfortable victory against Tony Pulis’ men.
“I think the most important thing was to win the game, but how we won it and the level of performance was so pleasing for everyone,” Coyle told Sky Sports.
“We had to stand up and defend for our lives because Stoke put you under more pressure than any other team in the league in terms of defending in the box.
“Every one of them to a man showed a level of performance today that could be a catalyst for us moving forward.
“We know we had a slow start but we also know we have good players and a very good team.
“We have probably have five players who would have a great chance of starting in the team today missing through injury and we know the fixtures we have had and that probably ate into a little bit of confidence. But today you saw the confidence pulsing through their veins again,” he concluded.
Bolton are still in the relegation zone despite the win, but will look to get out of the bottom three with a positive result against West Brom next weekend.
By Gareth McKnight