Everton manager David Moyes says his side deserved their 2-0 win against Burnley at Goodison Park.
The Toffees scored twice late on to secure the points against a resilient Clarets outfit as substitute James Vaughan and then Steven Pienaar netted against their Lancashire opponents.
Burnley went down to 10 men with half an hour to go following the dismissal of Stephen Jordan, and Everton made their numerical advantage pay with goals in the 83rd minute and then in injury time.
Moyes believes his side are beginning to play good football once more and was pleased with the 'deserved' victory.
"We deserved it in the end - the way we played throughout the game," he told Sky Sports.
"Burnley were really resilient, stuck at it and when they went to 10 men they still stuck at it.
"So you can see how they've come close in a lot of games and how they've had some good results this season.
"We played well against 11, we played very well in the first half we just didn't get the goals to go with our performance.
"Today's game was very like a lot of games we've had where we've just not scored.
"We played really well in the games but not won, so today we got the result.
"We got a little bit of good fortune, the ball breaks to James Vaughan at the back post and we're able to stick it in.
"But we had lots of moments like that throughout the game where we played good football but just didn't quite finish it off.
"I think there's signs that we're playing football like we did last year, I think our football's improved in the last three or four weeks."
Moyes heaped praise on super-sub Vaughan who had only been on the pitch a matter of moments before hitting home Marouane Fellaini's cross at the back post.
The young striker has struggled with numerous injuries in recent seasons, and the Toffees boss hopes he can return to the fold without any further complications.
"I'm pleased for Vaughany because he's had a rough ride over the last year or two," he added.
"He' missed an awful lot of development as a young footballer as well with injuries.
"So to get him back, it's really good for the lad more importantly, but great for us today.
"He was in the right place at the right time. When he came on he offered us something different and we're just trying to get him back up to match fitness."