David Moyes branded Everton's performance in a 4-4 draw with Manchester United as 'brilliant' and was pleased to see a positive approach pay off.
The Toffees arrived at Old Trafford on Sunday looking for a response to their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
They tried to take the game to table-topping United from the off and were rewarded when they took a 33rd minute lead through Nikica Jelavic.
A remarkable encounter then proceeded to take a number of twists and turns before two late goals from Everton snatched a share of the spoils.
Moyes was delighted to see his side take something from the game and claims they set out looking to cause the Red Devils plenty of problems.
"Absolutely brilliant, the effort they put in," he told Sky Sports.
"We came here trying to win the game, we really did. We wanted to see if we could win because we feel that we have been a bit hard done by of late. The players didn't half put a show on today, they really did.
"I don't think I have ever gone into any game and sat. I have only ever gone into any game trying to win it. But the emphasis was big today to try and make sure that we came here and got a result because we were a bit down, we lost a big game last week.
"Today was a chance to play in another big game and stop people from thinking that our season was over."
While happy to hail the performance of his players, Moyes was less impressed with the showing from the match officials - with referee Mike Jones' failure to stop play during the build-up to United's second goal leaving the Scot seething.
"I thought it was rubbish," said Moyes.
"He stopped play for Jonny Evans and referees can do what they want can't they, they can make their own mind up and their own rules up and I think he made his own rules up today.
"I have got to say that I think the referee was poor today."