Everton boss David Moyes has confessed that he feared for his makeshift side before they produced a thrilling comeback in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Tottenham.
Second-half goals from Jermain Defoe and Michael Dawson appeared to have sent Spurs back above Arsenal as the two North London rivals continue to exchange third place in the Premier League.
But injury-hit Everton, struggling at the wrong end of the table, produced a spirited comeback in the last 12 minutes to earn a draw as Louis Saha scored before Tim Cahill equalised ahead of Tim Howard's injury-time penalty save from Defoe.
Moyes had pressed Joseph Yobo into action when he was not fit and the centre-back limped off in the first half to leave Lucas Neill and Tony Hibbert as a makeshift defensive partnership.
Everton's boss was therefore understandably concerned after falling behind, but he could not fault his players' attitude in their comeback.
He told Sky Sports 1: "At 2-0 down against Tottenham with the team we put out, I was thinking it was going to be worse actually.
"But credit to the boys. They kept at it and they got a great result."
Moyes had special praise for Seamus Coleman, Yobo's replacement, as the youngster produced an energetic display to suggest that his start in the 5-0 Europa League thrashing at Benfica in October has been forgotten.
The 21-year-old defended well and set up Saha after a bustling run past Spurs' Gareth Bale, leaving his boss more than impressed.
"He undoubtedly changed it," said Moyes. "He did really well."
The Scot felt Howard's penalty stop in the closing stages after Hibbert had floored Wilson Palacios was a slice of fortune that has been missing in previous weeks.
Moyes added: "I was sitting there thinking we were due a bit of luck. I think we earned it. The boys stuck at it and we got it (luck) with a good save."