Tamir Cohen scored a late winner to give Bolton a 2-1 victory - a week after they lost 5-0 to Stoke at Wembley in an FA Cup semi-final humiliation - and all but end their opponents' Barclays Premier League title hopes.
"We're just delighted to come out here and work hard," Sturridge, who is on loan from Chelsea, said on Sky Sports 1.
"After last week's result we wanted to come here and show the fans we had the passion.
"A lot of fans were very unhappy with last week, we did this for the fans today."
Cohen took his shirt off after scoring the winner to reveal a t-shirt paying tribute to his late father, Avi, who died in December last year following a motorbike accident.
"I came on to protect the 1-1," he said. "I am very happy to score this goal, it's been a very emotional season for me.
"I am happy we won and collected another three points."