Goals from Phil Jagielka, Romelu Lukaku and the fit-again Seamus Coleman saw Everton stroll past Aston Villa at Goodison Park.
The Blues were looking to get back to winning ways after five games without a victory and did so in emphatic fashion, lifting themselves six places in the Barclays Premier League table in the process.
Roberto Martinez was able to welcome back three players of massive importance. It made a massive difference.
Most pleasing to the Spaniard would have been the opportunity to give Ross Barkley his first minutes of the season following a knee ligament injury suffered on the eve of the opening weekend.
The England World Cup star was joined in returning by midfield lynchpin James McCarthy and reigning Player of the Season Coleman.
Also back in the first XI were Antolin Alcaraz and Leon Osman, the former replacing the injured John Stones at centre-half, the latter making up a front four that also comprised Barkley, Lukaku and Steven Naismith.
In the build-up to the fixture, Martinez had urged his players to make the most of being back on home soil after four straight games on the road.
The words appeared to be heeded in the opening exchanges.
Everton's start was enterprising, the speed and rhythm of their passing unsettling Villa and leading to half chances for the returning Barkley and the livelier Lukaku.
And it was Barkley who played a key role in the build-up to the game's opener.
After collecting the ball from Leighton Baines out on the right-hand side, the midfielder drove a shot from which goalkeeper Brad Guzan could only concede a corner.
Baines' initial set piece was cleared, but when the left-back sumptuously curled the ball back into the danger area moments later, Jagielka was there to get in front of Aly Cissokho and power a header home from five yards.
There was a brief scare when Alan Hutton went close with a speculative effort from the edge of the box, the right-back darting in from the wing and launching a shot with his left foot that sailed less than a yard wide of Tim Howard's upright.
Despite that, it was Everton who continued to set the tempo. And it was one Villa struggled to match.
On 39 minutes, more incisive passing led to a chance for Coleman to mark his return with a third goal of the campaign.
Found in the box by Barkley, the Republic of Ireland international worked the ball onto his left foot, attempted to bend it to Guzan's right but saw the American fling himself to save.
Three minutes after the break, the Toffees did make it two.
Picking up possession on the right, the impressive Barkley spotted the run of Lukaku and gently guided the ball into the Belgian's path with the outside of his boot.
Lukaku held off the threat of Tom Cleverley, got the ball out from under his feet and drilled a low shot that squirmed under the body of Guzan.
Thursday's press conference at Finch Farm had also seen Martinez concede his side had too often thrown away points from winning positions. Two to the good, his charges weren't going to let that happen here.
There were brief cheers from the Villa end when Christian Benteke had the ball in the Park End net on 55 minutes, but referee Anthony Taylor's whistle had already blown for the striker's push on Alcaraz.
For Villa fans, that's pretty much where the excitement ended.
If they had harboured any hopes of a comeback, they were ended with 15 minutes to go.
Steven Pienaar had replaced Barkley with 65 minutes played and it was the South African who was fouled on the edge of the box by Andreas Weimann, himself on in place of Charles N'Zogbia. Osman, veteran now at 33, was wily enough to take the free-kick quickly, releasing Baines to centre into the six-yard box. Coleman arrived right on cue. A simple finish. 3-0.
Martinez sent on Samuel Eto'o for the final five minutes but the contest had already become a procession. The final whistle only signalled a victory long since assured. Everton now head to Lille on Thursday. Confidence will be in no short supply.