England and West Ham keeper Robert Green says the furore over Carlos Tevez provided the club with their motivation to pull off their relegation escape.
Goalkeeper Green has praised West Ham's team spirit
The Hammers stayed up after beating Manchester United and Green, 27, told the Evening Standard: "The off-field stuff invoked a siege mentality.
"We won't get the plaudits for winning seven of our last nine games but none of us gives a monkey's about that.
"People can say what they like, we did our talking on the pitch."
The Hammers were fined £5.5m but not docked points after being found guilty of acting improperly and withholding vital documentation over the ownership of Tevez and Mascherano, who is now at Liverpool.
Seven Premiership clubs are believed to be backing a legal bid against the Premier League over the decision not to dock points from the Hammers.
I don't know what my future is and I need to sit down and talk with the manager and chairman this week
West Ham captain Nigel Reo-Coker
But Green said: "I don't think anyone can deny us our right to stay in the league after what we have done.
"We have done the impossible, if we start next season the way we finished this one we will be in the Champions League.
"This is up there with the best feelings I have had in football, it's a great achievement from the position we were in.
"But in another way, it was a position which was avoidable. You can make excuses for what has happened on and off the pitch but the bottom line is that for three quarters of the season, it wasn't good enough."
Meanwhile, Hammers' skipper Nigel Reo-Coker admits his future at Upton Park is uncertain.
Reo-Coker was targeted by some supporters as the main culprit behind West Ham's slump earlier this season.
He said: "I don't know what my future is and I need to sit down and talk with the manager and chairman this week.
"I've been through the mill this season but it has made me a stronger person.
"I am very loyal but to play at my best I need to be happy. I made a promise to West Ham fans that I would keep this club in the Premier League and I've done that."