David Moyes warned his players their survival mission is not yet complete after four-goal Michail Antonio fired them to the brink of safety.
Victory at Norwich lifted West Ham six points clear of third-bottom Bournemouth who have one game in hand.
West Ham’s next game is a huge one against fourth-bottom Watford on Friday, with both sides locked on 34 points with three matches left.
Four-goal hero Michail Antonio is congratulated by team-mates and boss David Moyes
Antonio scored all four goals as West Ham claimed a vital win over doomed Norwich
Moyes said: ‘We are in a position where we have our noses in front and we have to make sure we do our job to remain a Premier League team.’
Antonio’s haul, which included his first career hattrick, made him the first West Ham player to score four times in a Premier League.
He has deputised brilliantly for West Ham as a stand-in striker, scoring six times in his last four games.
Moyes said: ‘He’s been excellent. Today was a good day for him. Not many people score four goals in a Premier League match.’
The in-form forward swept home from close range on 11 minutes to hand the visitors the lead
His hat-trick was gifted to him after Tim Krul’s poor parry following Mark Noble’s delicious pass
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