MATCH-WINNER Arnaut Danjuma said Cherries boss Jason Tindall had “raised everyone’s spirit” since suffering relegation and added: “I think the mentality of the team is good.”

The Dutchman showed a touch of class to seal victory over Blackburn on Saturday, arrowing a fine effort into the top corner during the 3-2 win over Tony Mowbray’s side.

Danjuma’s goal ensured Cherries got off to a winning start back in the second tier, after five seasons at England’s elite level came to an end 49 days previously.

The former Club Brugge star signed to play in the Premier League with Cherries last season, but he insists the squad has remained strong since facing up to the drop.

Quizzed on whether the group had been in a good place mentally, Danjuma said: “Yeah. I think it is.

“To be honest, it isn’t that regular, because obviously we got relegated so you could expect that a lot of players were mentally drowning.

“But the spirit is good. I think the mentality of the team is good.

“I should complement the gaffer for it as well because from the first day he raised everyone’s spirit.

“It’s no secret that we want to be promoted again, at all costs.”

Danjuma has scored in every game in which Tindall has taken charge, since replacing Eddie Howe in the hot seat last month.

He fired in pre-season friendlies against Benfica and West Ham before netting against the Lancashire outfit at the weekend.

“The way the new gaffer wants to play I think really suits this club and the players we have,” said Netherlands international Danjuma.

“He wants to play with a more attacking way. In front we have a lot of freedom, a lot of link play.

“There are some changes he made which I think are really good for the team.

“I think he proved himself that he’s really good gaffer during the game (against Blackburn) because when we were drawing, he made a couple of changes and we won the game. I can only compliment him for it.

“Last season was unfortunate for me with the injuries. But I’m doing everything I can to bounce back twice as hard this season.

“With the new staff and with the gaffer, it really helps me accelerate with the way I want to play.

“I’m happy. I think I show on the pitch that I’ve got the qualities as well.

“As long as we keep our heads high and we’re confident in the way we play, I think we can really do a great job in the Championship.”

Danjuma’s stunning strike came six minutes from time and marked his first competitive goal in a Cherries shirt.

“As soon as I got the ball I knew what I had to do, go inside and find the far corner,” he said.

“I’m just looking for goals and assists. And obviously, winning, winning, winning.”