The Tricky Trees edged out hosts Watford 1-0 at Vicarage Road to lift themselves out of the relegation zone.
"We hope [the win] is a catalyst but there's still a long way to go before we can say that," he explained to reporters. "But it was an important win, we've had a tough week and we needed some pride back.
"It was a performance I wanted to see from them - battling, full of character, full of attitude, getting blocks.
"We call it a horrible win, an ugly win and I don't think I'll be watching it on the coach on the way home."
The victory was Forest's first in five matches.