Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala says his victory on Rally de Portugal was "very important" as it draws a line under one of the "most difficult periods of his career".

Latvala led from SS4 on and while he came under pressure from team-mate Sebastien Ogier on the final day, he resisted and eventually beat the Frenchman by 8.2 seconds.

It was the 13th victory of his WRC career and the result lifts him up to fifth in the Drivers' Championship, more crucially though, it ends that streak of three successive no-scores in Sweden, Mexico and Argentina.

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"That was a very important win!" Latvala said after round five in the 2015 World Rally Champiosnhip. "For me personally, it was important to get back in the points after my long lean period - and to do that with a win is awesome.

"I am really happy. The pressure coming out of my shoulders is enormous. The confidence has been really on the bottom and then climbing the hill to win is great.

"Seb was suffering a lot and driving superbly, considering his road position. I decided to push all-out on the long stage today, though and our tactic paid off. Today I was on a different level to Saturday and the first day.

"It was an exciting battle with Seb and he really put us under pressure. However, I resisted it at the crucial moment.

"Thank you to my team for their work and support when things were not running so smoothly lately. I am looking forward to the next rallies."

Asked if this now erases what happened earlier in the year, Latvala stressed how vital it was for him to end the "negative circle".

"When you don't do well, you end up in negative circle and start to be negative yourself. It's not just the driving, but also the negative energy is coming and that's not good," he explained. "We needed to get out of the circle and now I don't want to get back in the circle again."

"After the time I have had on the last three rallies, some people doubted I would ever be able to come back," he continued.

"It has been one of the most difficult periods of my rally career - three rallies with no points and now to come and win is a unique feeling."