Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was relieved to claim three points after a thrilling 5-4 win at Spurs.
He said: "Games like these north London derbies are either 0-0 or completely crazy. You could say this one was definitely completely crazy.
"I'm delighted we are back to winning ways and I think we showed great character because Spurs came back at us even when we were two goals ahead.
"Our defenders are not as happy as our attackers, but we are happy to win."
Wenger added: "People are maybe going over-board because we've not won our last two league games, but we have lost one out of 53.
"I enjoyed it, but there were certainly some uncomfortable moments."