Sylvain Distin believes the disappointment felt at dropping points to high-flying Spurs is indicative of Everton's burning ambition to succeed.
The Blues missed out on the chance to go second in the Barclays Premier League table when they were held to a goalless draw by the Londoners at Goodison Park on Sunday.
And though Distin concedes the result was probably a fair one, he saw it as two points dropped rather than one point gained.
"When we draw at home against Spurs and feel disappointment, that shows where the team wants to go. It is great," he said. “We feel like it is two points missed but I think it is a fair result.
“In the first half I think they dominated us and in the second half we were much better.
"You have to learn from your mistakes and adapt your position.
“They had a gameplan and we had to change our gameplan, and that worked fine.
“It was still a good game. We had some great chances and didn’t concede a goal. At home, that is good.”
Distin also paid tribute to manager Roberto Martinez, revealing how the former Wigan chief has deployed an open-door policy as he has sought to build on the squad's trademark character and spirit.
The 36-year-old said: “All players are different but it is nice to see – he is always very positive and honest as well.
“To be honest, it was the same with the previous manager. That is the mentality of the Club, it has always been very positive.
“The fans have always been very demanding, the players as well. That is just how it is here.
“And even if we get results, we are still adapting to the new style of the manager, the new philosophy of playing," he continued. “We have had good results but nobody feels, ‘That’s it, we understand everything’. We don’t. We are still adapting. It takes a bit of time.
“It is very early, even if we had gone second it wouldn’t change anything.
“It is a very long season but we are still up there. We are enjoying it.”
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