Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge scored the winner in a 1-0 victory over Stoke City at Anfield, with Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet denying Jonathan Walters from the penalty spot on the stroke of full-time.
Rodgers led the Merseyside outfit to a seventh-place finish in his first season in charge of the 18-time English champions after replacing Kenny Dalglish at the Liverpool helm in May 2012.
And the Reds manager has noticed a shift in atmosphere at the club over the past 12 months.
“I remember last year and people saying to me ‘should we be losing 3-0 to West Brom?’ They were absolutely right,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.
“But we’ve got better and better as we’ve gone on. It’s a big job here.
“But I just got the feeling in the dressing room beforehand, when the players were getting together, some of our staff were saying that it just feels
different this year.
“There’s a camaraderie and a togetherness there. Long may it continue.
“We haven’t won the World Cup, it’s a game of football. But the lads are happy, they’ve done their job. They knew this was a big three points.”