Sean Dyche was full of praise for his never-say-die side battled to a priceless point at Watford.
Scott Arfield found the bottom corner four minutes from time to cancel out Troy Deeney’s early strike and to spark wild jubilation in the Clarets camp.
That feeling was magnified at the final whistle when nearest rivals QPR and Derby both lost to leave Dyche’s side 10 points clear of third placed Rangers with just six games to play.
And the magnitude of Arfield’s eighth goal of the season was not lost on the Burnley boss or his players.
Dyche said: “Players are human and they know the challenges we faced today.
“We are missing some players who have played a big part in what we have achieved so far, but I thought the mentality was excellent again.
“We went down to a deflected goal, but we generally had a good feel about us today and good use of the ball.
“We were finding it hard to break down a very resolute side that had own five and drawn one of their last six games here.
“They are also a different animal than last year. Last year was all about free-flowing attack and now it’s about trying to defend in numbers.
“We had to be brave and I felt we kept probing and passing and overall I felt we deserved at least a point.”
Dyche added: “There is usually moment of quality that has a deciding factor and I was pleased with ours when it matters.
If I was hyper-critical we didn’t get enough quality into their box, but a moment of quality from Scott earned us a deserved draw.”
Reflecting in results elsewhere strengthening the Clarets hold on second spot, Dyche said: “We can only take care of our own side of business, but it’s fair to say that if others have their bad results, then of course it helps.
“But it’s important we keep focused. There is still work to be done but there is good news around the corner because we have got players on the cusp coming back, which can only help.”