The Latics notched up only their second victory of the season on Saturday with a 2-1 result at the Stadium of Light, taking a weight off their Spanish manager's shoulders
The Latics moved off the bottom of the table after their first win since August after coming back from a goal down.
The winning goal came deep into stoppage time after Sunderland defender Wes Brown’s error allowed James McArthur to steal the ball and pass it across for Franco Di Santo to tap in.
"I'm not going to lie – that’s a massive result for us. If you don’t get results, it’s impossible to get confidence and momentum," Martinez said, according to The Daily Mirror.
His team have struggled from the start of the season to score goals following the departure of Charles N’Zogbia to Aston Villa and Tom Cleverley's return to Manchester United, while they have had to cope without central defender Antolin Alcaraz since his suspension
However, Martinez praised his players for their positive spirit: “In the last two games, we’ve played without the fear of being on an eight-game losing run and that’s a credit to the players."
The win will grant him a reprieve from the pressures that poor form brings to a manager, and he added: “It’s a merry go round. One week it’s me [under pressure], the next it’s Andre Villas-Boas, then it’s Steve Bruce. It just goes round.”
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