David Moyes praised the professionalism of his players after the 2-0 win over West Ham on Sunday.
Despite the manager's impending departure being the main talking point of the week, the Blues put in a scintillating performance to dispose of the Hammers in hugely convincing style.
A Kevin Mirallas strike in each half was enough to seal all three points, but in truth the scoreline flattered the visitors and perhaps should have been more.
Speaking after an emotional farewell to Goodison in his last home game in charge, Moyes revealed his pride at his side's display amid the occasion.
"I think most important for me was how well we played," he said.
"I thought the team played like a top team today, not a team in fifth or sixth, I mean a top team.
"We would have been a match for any side today. The players were terrific - and the level of professionalism they showed, not to get caught up in anything, is a credit.
"Whoever comes in here will enjoy that because they're a really good group of players."