David Moyes has hailed Tim Cahill for the goalscoring exploits that are helping Everton secure invaluable points this term.
The Aussie international netted his seventh league goal from 14 outings in the 2-2 draw against Sunderland on Monday night.
His powerful sixth minute header set the Blues on their way at the Stadium of Light but it needed an 84th minute Mikel Arteta effort to grab a point after a Danny Welbeck brace turned the contest in the home side's favour.
Moyes was delighted with the input of Cahill - although he admits he is frustrated by his side's ongoing failure to secure the results their play warrants.
He said: "I think we've got a really good team, we're a good footballing team (although) we're certainly lacking at the top end and not (getting) enough goals at this moment in time.
"Thankfully Tim Cahill keeps getting those goals. Another really good goal tonight."
Moyes was left to rue Jermaine Beckford's last-gasp chance, which saw the substitute fire over the bar with virtually the last kick of the game with only Craig Gordon to beat.
"It was a great chance in the last seconds, through on goal," he said.
"You wouldn't want any more. To be fair, that's what he normally does, he normally finishes those, and it could have been three points."
The manager admits the Toffees' main problem lies in their inability to finish off their attacks.
"I thought we had the ball a lot in and around the edge of the box," he added.
"We got some crosses in, we got into some good positions, but we didn't make them pay again tonight. In the end it cost us.
"I know Sunderland had one or two chances as well, you would expect that, but overall I'm just disappointed we couldn't finish off some of our good play at times."
Despite being disappointed with the draw, Moyes maintains his side can challenge at the top of the table this season.
"Well at the start of the season I thought we were capable of achieving big things and I still do," he said.
"I still think we're in a position to challenge at the top end and hopefully we can try and do that."