Blues boss pleased with his players' refusal to surrender.
David Moyes said he couldn't fault his players after watching them come from behind to steal a dramatic victory against Sunderland.
Having headed into the meeting on the back of four straight draws, the Blues fell behind for a seventh successive match when winger Adam Johnson stabbed home from close range in first-half injury time.
However, the Scot’s high-flying charges once again showed their capacity to bounce back and goals from the in-form Marouane Fellaini and Croatian Nikica Jelavic sealed three precious points.
The victory helped Everton maintain their grip on fourth spot in the Barclays Premier League table and Moyes said: "I think we did a lot of good things and we tried to do the right things but we were a little bit open at times.
"But overall I can't fault the players for keeping going and, in the end, it's a really good win for us today. We maybe didn't quite play as well as we have been but it was an excellent win.
"It looked as if it was going to be one of those days but I thought we kept trying to knock at the door and eventually we got the goals.
"Sunderland have got one of the best defensive records in the league and you could see how there were eight or 10 players to get through in and around the box at times and we were struggling to get through. But when you're playing the way we are, that's what teams do."
Johnson's opener came as a real hammer blow at the end of a half in which the hosts had dominated possession.
And while pleased with his side's positive approach in the opening 45 minutes, Moyes felt they paid the price for a lack of conviction in the final third.
"I actually didn't think we did an awful lot wrong in the first half but we lost a goal just before half-time," he said. "We just hadn't created enough chances from the play we had made. We were a wee bit pretty and there wasn't really anything concise at the end of it. They were a big threat on the counter attack and probably should have scored two goals."
Moyes was also buoyed to see striker Jelavic end a three-game hunt for a goal after admitting the former Rangers man was out of form following last weekend's 2-2 draw at Fulham.
"He didn't have a good game but I can tell you a lot of centre-forwards who don't have good games and still score goals, and we'll live with that," he said. "You don't want to take your goalscorers off, especially when you're a goal down - you want to try to find a way through. We hoped that something might drop to him and I'm sure that goal will help him."