Caroline Weir bundled home the game’s only goal just after the hour to hand Gareth Taylor’s side a crucial three points in the race for Champions League qualification.
The hosts pushed City to our limits at the Hive with a difficult playing surface also affecting our passing style in the early stages.
However, Stanway was pleased with how City adapted to the situation to claim victory.
She reflected: “It feels good, we just had to grind out today to try and get the three points, and that’s what we’ve done.
“We can’t play the blame game, but the pitch and the conditions did affect us a little today.
“But we battled through and managed to get the three points. It was a scrappy goal, but they all count!”
Nonetheless, Stanway insisted there were still plenty of lessons for City to take from our victory moving forward.
In a dominant second half performance, Gareth Taylor’s side will perhaps feel we could have added to our one-goal advantage with Weir striking the post from a free-kick while Hayley Raso was also frustrated by Spurs stopper Becky Spencer.
And Stanway says being more clinical in front of goal will be a particular area of focus for her and her teammates.
She added: “We just slightly changed our tactics, taking it out from the back and just finding the free player, having that bit of composure in the final third.
“It worked in the end, but this is still a massive game that we need to learn from.
“Moving forward we need to try and put away the chances that we’ve created.”