Frank Gore: 'We played as one'

Here's what the 49ers were saying in the locker room after picking up their first victory over the season.

Here's a selection of 49ers locker room quotes after their 17-9 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday at Candlestick Park:

Running back Frank Gore, on whether he feels the team has finally turned things around: "Yeah I do. You know, we took a step as a team. Offensively, we didn't beat ourselves. Defensively, (we) were taking the ball away. Special teams was making plays. We played as one. Now we got that one and we can't look backward; we got to look forward."

Tight end Vernon Davis, on his excitement for the team getting the monkey off its back: "Yes, excited. I'm just – I feel like I just took a house off of my back. It was weighing me down, but I believe in my team and I believe in myself. I knew we could go out there and do it."

Quarterback Alex Smith, on some of the team's first-half offensive problems: "Really missed some opportunities in the first half, I thought. You know, (we) got ourselves in some bad third-down situations. Third-and-long in this league is tough, especially against the Raiders. They do a good job on third-and-long. They have a good package that made it tough on us. And then really, missed some opportunities. You know, the one that stands out is the ball between me and Josh (Morgan) up the seam. Capitalize on that, and that's a touchdown."

Linebacker Takeo Spikes, on the importance of causing turnovers: "It's big man. I mean the proof is in the pudding. People ask, ‘Why this? Why that?' We were able get turnovers and we didn't turn the ball over, point blank period. … If you don't turn over the ball over you're going to give yourself a chance to win. We played good red zone defense today and we were able to get two turnovers. At the end of the day when you look at the score, you're going to have games like that because that's how we won a lot of games last year."

Safety Dashon Goldson, on the significance of the first win: "We've still got a lot of work cut out. It's definitely one that builds momentum for us. We've just got to go ahead and get another one this week."

Linebacker Manny Lawson, on whether the team feels this might be the start of something good: "Yeah. I think with the first one you get a sense of confidence built inside you know. We got the first one, we got several games, two more games that we know are for sure, and we can go out there and keep them going."

Cornerback Shawntae Spencer, on holding the Raiders to two field goals in the first half: "We pride ourselves on red-zone defense. We know that in this league, teams are going to get yards. Teams are going to make plays. They're professionals too. But when we get to the red zone, we've got to buckle down and try to hold them to three – and today we did that."

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