Hammers claim vital win
West Ham claimed a priceless Barclays Premier League victory with a 3-1 win over fellow strugglers Wigan at Upton Park.
Valon Behrami gave the Irons a half-time lead, with Victor Obinna and Scott Parker making sure of a crucial victory.
However, the Irons had keeper Robert Green to thank for saving a penalty from substitute Mauro Boselli just after the hour which could have set up a nervous finish. Tom Cleverly netted a consolation with a dipping drive on 85 minutes.
The Boleyn Ground erupted in relief on 34 minutes when Behrami bundled in a knockdown from Frederic Piquionne after Lars Jacobsen's high ball into the box.
Junior Stanislas saw a 20-yard snap-shot tipped over by Ali Al Habsi and, from the corner, the keeper showed brilliant reactions to parry away Piquionne's bullet header.
West Ham should have been 2-0 up early in the second half when Piquionne, unmarked on the penalty spot, shot wide.
After Pablo Barrera and Obinna dragged shots wide, the Hammers had a two-goal cushion on 56 minutes. Piquionne carried the ball into the left of the area before cutting it back to Obinna, who drilled into the bottom corner for his first Premier League goal.
The visitors were awarded a penalty when Danny Gabbidon tripped Cleverley. Boselli took the spot-kick - his first touch - but Green guessed right to save.
However, the points were secured with 15 minutes left when Obinna broke down the left and Parker arrived in the six-yard box to crash past Al Habsi.
Cleverley netted a dipping drive on 85 minutes but Wigan had a close-range effort from Steve Gohouri ruled out for offside.