The Eagles had failed to win their previous six npower Championship matches but put in an assured performance to dispatch Watford 4-0 at Selhurst Park.
Chris Martin’s brace along with efforts from Wilfried Zaha and Kagisho Dikgacoi secured the three points in south London, much to the delight of Freedman.
“I am not relieved at all [about getting that first win of the year],” the Palace boss said. “We have been performing fantastically well over the last three or four games.
“The performances have merited wins so it is pleasing to get what you deserve and we certainly got that.
“Over the last three or four games I felt our performances were very, very good but we didn’t quite get what we deserved.”
Jurgen Klopp has no doubt Liverpool belong in the Champions League quarter-finals after confirming their progress with a goalless draw against Porto.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane believes their season is recovering as the defending champions cruised into the Champions League quarter-finals.
Birmingham manager Garry Monk is optimistic about his new club's future despite their sixth successive home defeat in the Championship.
Reading manager Jaap Stam defended his decision to give 17-year-old centre-back Tom Holmes his senior debut in the Sky Bet Championship draw against Bolton.
Alex Neil praised Sean Maguire after he turned match-winner Preston once again in their 2-1 victory over 10-man Bristol City at Deepdale.
New Mansfield boss David Flitcroft was pleased with a point in his first game in charge despite seeing his new side denied a win against local rivals Lincoln.
Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman praised his side as they closed the gap to one point on League Two leaders Luton with a narrow 1-0 win over Morecambe.
Kevin Nolan admitted he refused to shake the hand of a referee for the first time in his managerial career after Notts County's 1-1 draw at Cheltenham.
Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy felt his side were worthy winners after securing a 2-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday.