David Moyes praised his Everton side as they moved to within a point of sixth place with a comfortable 2-0 victory at home to Blackburn.
The Scot was especially pleased with the patience his team showed as it took second-half goals from Leon Osman and Leighton Baines to secure the points.
Rovers struggled to contain Everton at Goodison Park and Moyes' side extended their winning run to five victories from their last seven matches as thoughts turned to chasing Merseyside rivals Liverpool and a possible place in Europe.
He told Sky Sports: "I thought it was a really good performance. We were a bit slow out of the box in the first half but I enjoyed watching it.
"I think the group of players that we have are playing really well at the moment.
"I said to them at half-time that we might need to be patient and I actually thought at the start of the second half that we picked the game up right away. The tempo was much better, passed the ball a bit quicker, which we needed to do."
Asked what kind of form Leon Osman is in at the moment, Moyes replied: "He's playing really, really well. He's been a great player for us and no more than today. I thought everything good from us came from Osman.
"We've done really well defensively because they've got some powerful players and if you don't deal with them, then you could find yourself in trouble.
"Nothing has changed in the last few weeks. You get criticised for not doing so well and you get praised when you're doing well.
"As a manager I think you just continue what you think is right and all we've continued to do is what we think is right."
Moyes is hopeful that Mikel Arteta will recover in time from his hamstring injury to face Manchester United at Old Trafford next weekend, although he was unsure as to whether Tim Cahill will be fit.