Everton boss David Moyes admitted being more than happy with his side's performance despite being held to a point by Aston Villa at Goodison Park.
The Toffees completely dominated early on and claimed a deserved half-time lead through makeshift forward Leon Osman.
Villa rallied after the break though and Stiliyan Petrov scored a sublime equaliser but they needed a late Gabriel Agbonlahor header to earn a point after a Leighton Baines penalty.
The result left Everton frustrated but their wholehearted performance put their off-field problems in the shade, which delighted their manager.
Moyes told Sky Sports: "Much happier with the performance and much happier with the way the team played. I thought the team played really well.
"We're disappointed that we conceded goals but there's a lot of other good things that we can take from today.
"I thought we done well. I thought throughout the team the players done a really good job. We missed one or two chances as well but you know, you have to defend better, especially at home and especially against Aston Villa who have got great counter-attacking pace and they're always going to be a threat."
Moyes felt his side should have been awarded an earlier penalty when Baines tangled with Barry Bannan in the area, saying: "Yeah, it was a penalty kick. It would have been a soft penalty kick because they're both midgets, so it would have looked very soft but I think it was enough to be a penalty kick."
The Scot reflected on the closure of the transfer window by admitting that his main focus as manager is preparing his team in the right way for each game.
He added: "I think I've always focused on the team. The transfer window is obviously there to improve your squad and your team. Nothing changes in that respect. But, we do the job, we take the training and we try and prepare the players.
"And anyone who watched Everton today would have to say they were right at it today and done Everton proud."