Lucas Digne says victory over Monaco was a rewarding way for Everton to finish their intense nine-day training camp in Switzerland after Seamus Coleman's goal proved enough to beat the Ligue 1 side.
Coleman turned in from close range on 72 minutes after Oumar Niasse's shot had looped up and over goalkeeper Diego Benaglio with the aid of a deflection.
Maarten Stekelenburg had kept the scores level in the first half with a fine penalty save from Rony Lopes.
"It was a good game, a tough game after the hard week and the score was good for us," said Digne, who almost broke the deadlock with a thunderous long-range volley shortly before Everton's opener.
"It was important for us to finish this week with the victory because we trained very hard and it's a bonus.
"We had two sessions every day and we were tired today but we fight in every game for the blue jersey and that is the most important thing.
"When we can win like this after all the hard work, it's the best way."
Everton now return home to take on Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Wednesday (kick off 7.45pm), before travelling to Germany next weekend to face Mainz and Sevilla in the Opel Tournament.
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Digne says the next eight days will provide important opportunities for the Blues to build sharpness ahead of the Premier League opener against Crystal Palace on 10 August.
He also expects great backing after praising the Evertonians who travelled out to Le Chable on Friday, including some who made a 36-hour round trip by bus.
"The fans they are amazing, it is like always!" he said.
"It was the same last summer and throughout last season, home and away they are amazing. I am not surprised and I just want to say thank you.
"We'll now continue our way and our hard work next week.
"We're working hard for the season to start very well and we are excited for the first game."