Sylvain Distin insists he knew Everton were capable of a comeback against Manchester City even before his crucial equaliser.
The Toffees fell 1-0 behind to the visitors in the first half at Goodison Park on Saturday after Yaya Toure grabbed the opener.
But Distin pulled the hosts level in the 65th minute to spark a revival before Leon Osman notched the winner seven minutes later.
The French defender, a former City player who received a warm reception from the visiting fans, says he always felt an Everton recovery was on the cards.
When asked if his goal inspired belief in a revival he told Sky Sports: "Even before that. We knew what we are capable of.
"Obviously we didn't show anything of it in the first half. (But) we know we have a great team spirit."
After a poor start, Everton have salvaged their campaign to sit a comfortable seventh in the Premier League.
Distin admits consistency has been the main thing missing from the Toffees' season, but has been impressed by their recovery.
"We have to be a bit more consistent," he said.
"The most important thing is where we finish at the end of the season. At the moment we are doing quite well."