West Ham had only won two matches since Carroll last started a game in November — a sequence that had seen the east Londoners slip dangerously close to the Premier League relegation zone.
But with Carroll now back to full fitness, the Hammers have their tails up and are confident of securing their top-flight status quickly.
With games against Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United and Stoke coming up, Carroll knows how important Saturday’s win was, and he now hopes the team can follow up their victory with another maximum at Villa next Sunday.
“The points had dried up a bit so the lads are delighted with the win today,” Carroll told West Ham TV at Upton Park. “You could see when I scored everyone was celebrating. And everyone was sliding in with last-ditch tackles at the end. We needed the three points. It was good for us to get the win.
“It will be good for all the lads to get a rest in now and hopefully we can get three points at the end of it.”