Mauricio Pochettino hailed the "winning mentality" of his Tottenham players after their remarkable 3-1 victory at Swansea kept the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Three quick late goals from Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Hueng Min cancelled out an early opener from Wayne Routeledge.
They have an identical record after 30 matches to last season, with 10 wins, seven draws and 37 points.
A break in play which saw Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski require lengthy medical treatment meant there were seven minutes of added time - more than enough for Spurs to turn the game on its head.
"It's important to go game by game". This was another example football is a collective matter. We realised the three points would be fantastic for us.
"The goal gave us a lot of belief and we defended well against a very good, technical defensive side". We're missing maybe five starting XI players who would normally play and if you see how the other guys fit in, it's unbelievable - even Vincent [Janssen], who comes off the bench now and makes a difference.
Spurs are the only opponent the Hornets have played in all four of their Premier League seasons without winning.
"It will feel a bit odd for me playing them because I was there from the age of eight", he told the media.More news: Southampton 0-0 Bournemouth
Having choked last season when they failed to catch champions Leicester in the closing weeks, Pochettino's side are back in the hunt and Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen said: "Chelsea look very strong but we can't stop pushing and dreaming of the league".
"Before it was always "Tottenham will finish fifth or sixth", but I think in the last two seasons especially we've proven that we belong where we are".
Back came Swansea and Kyle Naughton very almost doubled the lead just before the hour but his low shot was deflected just wide as Spurs were left hanging on.
"We've got some massive quality".
Ayew held off Ben Davies to cross from the byline and Routledge, on a night when he became a Swansea record-breaker with his 182nd Premier League appearance for the club, reacted quickly to score from close range.
The home crowd, who had created a cauldron of noise throughout an intent second half, barely had time to take in what was happening when Spurs scored a third, as Alli played in Eriksen, who turned and cooly placed his effort into the bottom corner for his fourth goal in three visit to the Liberty Stadium.
Spurs will play their next match against Watford FC at White Hart Lane in London on Saturday.