Everton manager David Moyes felt his side deserved their victory at Middlesbrough.
A tight affair was won by Everton thanks to second-half efforts from Andy Johnson and James McFadden.
Moyes was happy to see his side claim maximum spoils - a result which puts them in fifth in the Premier League.
"It was a tight game, very difficult to get a foot-hold in and it was difficult conditions," Moyes told Sky Sports.
"There were one or two turning points, but it was stalemate for a long time but it was a great result.
"There were moments, but in the end we were good enough to get the result.
"To come here and a get a result we are really pleased."
Moyes was full of praise for Joleon Lescott - who put in an admirable display in central defence.
"Whether Jo plays at left-back or centre-back he has done really well," he said.
"And the bit for me now is the consistency and that is the sign of a top player."