David Moyes insisted he was happy for Everton supporters to have high expectations after Saturday's victory over Southampton kept them flying high in the Premier League, but has told his players not to get too carried away.
The Toffees fell behind at Goodison Park when Gaston Ramirez opened the scoring and Jay Rodriguez then missed a chance to double Southampton's advantage, before Leon Osman's equaliser and a Nikica Jelavic brace sealed a 3-1 comeback win.
The result keeps Everton among the early leaders and Moyes is delighted to be playing so well, even though he does not want to be setting lofty targets just yet.
"We got off to a shaky start but once we settled down and played our stuff, we scored three good goals and I thought we were a bit unfortunate not to score more," he told Sky Sports.
"I think Southampton are an attractive team and they are going to try and score goals and attack you, and they did that to us.
"We could have been two down, which would have made it a real mountain to climb, but I don't think the result was in any question today with how we played."
Moyes added: "My expectations are very high and I think my job is to raise expectations among supporters, but I still feel that we have finished seventh, eighth, sixth over the last few years so we have got to watch that we don't get too dizzy.
"The first job is always to stay in the Premier League and then if we can get towards the European places, then that would be great."
Moyes also lavished praise on Jelavic, admitting the Croatian's arrival midway through last season had solved a longstanding problem for Everton.
He said: "It's great because I've always said that if you get someone to score you 15 goals, it is a big thing, and we hope Nicky does it.
"His goals last season were really vital and gave everyone a lift, and he's really unlucky not to get a hat-trick today."