Leon Osman says Everton's ability to seal victory over Fulham despite not hitting top gear bodes well for the future.
Displaying a clinical edge in front of goal, Saturday's 4-1 scoreline sent the Blues back up to fourth in the Premier League.
And while Osman admits the level of performance failed to match their recent efforts at home and on the road, the result gives the midfielder plenty of reason to keep aiming high.
He told evertontv: "To come away with a 4-1 victory when you're not at your best is a good sign.
"It was a bit sticky out there at times. It wasn't the most fluid we've played.
"We're confident as a team and in each other as individuals. On top of that we're still learning new concepts the manager has been giving us and we're developing quite well at the minute."
Osman opened the scoring against the Cottagers with a curling left-footed strike, a fitting moment to mark his 300th Premier League appearance.
And while the 32-year-old revealed he wasn't aware of the milestone, the hectic festive schedule is at the forefront of his mind.
He added: "[The goal] was very pleasing. I didn't realise it was my 300th until after the game had finished. The fact I can look back on that now having scored in that game is great.
"As everyone knows, Christmas is a difficult period with a lot of games in a short period of time. Your team and squad are tested to the max, so it'll be interesting what we can manage to achieve over the next few weeks."
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