David Moyes has said his defence was the difference in the 2-1 win at West Brom.
The Everton boss saluted his back four for their "excellent performance" in their first win of the season, but also acknowledged that the Baggies were by far the better team.
"The boys at the back were the difference today," the Scot told Sky Sports.
"It was an excellent performance by them after a difficult time last week.
"West Brom were much better than us in the first half and it was maybe a little unfortunate they didn't get a goal.
"I thought they had quite a lot around our box but I think we defended well enough to keep them out."
The Toffees' manager started two promising youngsters in the shape of Jose Baxter and Jack Rodwell, who he said were both "fantastic" and that Rodwell's second-half headed goal should have stood.
But moments after Rodwell's disallowed opener, Leon Osman made sure as he drilled the ball home for 1-0, against the run of play.
Moyes had more praise to shell out for his lone striker Yakubu who recorded his 100th Premier League goal after he latched onto a West Brom defensive mix-up to nod the ball past Scott Carson.
"We didn't give him much good service but that's what centre-forwards do and you can see why he scores 15-20 goals every season in the Premier League."
Everton captain Phil Neville gave away a penalty when he handled in the dying minutes, but Moyes still felt the decision was "harsh". West Brom's Roman Bednar fired home the consolation spot-kick, but it was too little too late as the Toffees took the three points.
And despite Everton's first win of the season, Moyes is eager to bring in new faces this week, adding: "I'd like to bring in five, six, seven players this week.
"That's what we need, that's how many I've been saying all season that we're short of."