The midfielder scored his first goal of the 2014 season as San Jose thrashed the Chicago Fire.
Salinas scored the first goal of the night just before halftime, setting San Jose on its way to ending a five-match winless streak.
"Everything went right," he said after the match. "We were going at full speed, hitting on all cylinders and not letting the tired legs kick in from last Saturday. We came out flying. Hopefully we do that for the rest of the season.
"That was fun."
San Jose boss Mark Watson also declared his satisfaction with the result and the performance.
"I'm very pleased, obviously," said head coach Mark Watson, who took over the team last season. "Any time you're scrapping to get wins and points, a result like this at home is always a good performance for us.
"I thought we played well for 90 minutes. It's a good three points for us."
Salinas' goal was his first of the year, and the winger leads San Jose in assists with five. The Earthquakes are currently in last place in the Western Conference with a 5-8-5 record, seven points behind the last playoff spot with a game in hand.