Everton defender Johnny Heitinga has praised his side's team spirit following their 1-0 win over Manchester City at Goodison Park.
Irishman Darron Gibson struck the only goal of the game on the hour mark, his first since signing from Manchester United earlier this month, to condemn City to just their third defeat of the season.
Everton were put under pressure for much of the game by their illustrious opponents but the Toffees held firm for a deserved win.
Speaking after the game Heitinga told Sky Sports: "I think the team spirit today was terrific.
"We were fighting to the last minute, that's the way you can beat Man City and the big teams and we did it.
"The fans were fantastic, everyone was fantastic today.
"They had a lot of possession but we stood up well especially the midfield players and the back four. And you could see Denis [Stracqualursi] working hard with Tim Cahill up front and I think that's why we deserved to win today.
"We need to give the fans a little bit back because it is not our best season so far but this is a great win and hopefully we can look further now."
Match winner Gibson, whose goal has done his old side United a huge favour, believes hard work was the key to the victory.
"We have been working hard in training all week," added the 24-year-old.
"I think we did it in the last game against Fulham and we've come again tonight and put a shift in and it's worked for us.
"Landon [Donovan] has done well, he controlled it, I think he was going to have a shot but he saw me coming in, It was nice of him to lay it off and thankfully it went in.
"A goal against any club is ideal but against the team at the top of the league it's even better, but I'm just glad we got the result."