Interim Blues boss Benitez on Tuesday attempted to deflect more criticism of Torres's wretched form in front of goal ahead of his side's do-or-die Champions League game against Nordsjaelland on Wednesday night.
Benitez's predecessors tried a similar tactic, such as praising the 28-year-old's workrate or number of assists.
But Torres's current boss resorted to applauding the most mundane of contributions from the man Chelsea paid a record £50million for almost two years ago.
"It's not just scoring goals," Benitez said, discussing his fellow Spaniard's latest performance at West Ham.
"We changed his position in corners, for example.
"If you analyse the corners against, he was amazing.
"Two or three times he's cleared the ball and afterwards was just doing man to man because it's what he had to do.
"So, he's helping the team, in this case to defend.
"As a striker, you like him to score goals.
"Winning is the main thing. Fernando will be an important player for us, is an important player for us."