Sean Dyche hailed a champagne moment as Kieran Trippier got the New Year off to a flyer at Turf Moor.
Trippier’s second half strike, following a surging run upfield, sealed the victory over Huddersfield that elevated the Clarets back into second spot in the Championship.
A delighted Dyche, whose side are unbeaten at home in the league since March 2013, said: “I make it clear there is a framework, but there has to be freedom for the players to go and express themselves.
“Kieran has that in his locker and he chose the right time following a great ball over the top.
“I am very pleased because it was a real champagne moment for him in what was a very good win.
“The players, overall, delivered a very good performance and we looked like we were back to what we are about today.”
In a thrilling Roses clash, Danny Ings put the Clarets on the road to victory after just six minutes with his 18th goal of the campaign, before former Claret Martin Paterson levelled with a close-range header.
Ings struck again before half time and after creating a host of chances, including two hat-trick opportunities for the Burnley hitman, Trippier gave the Clarets daylight after latching onto Sam Vokes’ chip and rounding keeper Alex Smithies.
Danny at the double!
Paterson made it a nervy finale with his second of the day close to full time, before Tommy Smith spurned a golden chance to steal a point for the Terriers deep into stoppage time.
Dyche added: “It was a bit nervy at the end, but it’s fair to say the game should have been out of sight earlier than that.
“I thought some of our attacking play was excellent today and the will, desire, but also the quality was there for all to see.
“Their first was a soft goal by our standards, but their second was an amazing cross into the box, so I’ll take a moment of quality like that undoing us from time to time.
“But the first wasn’t like us and I’m thankful that we don’t give too many of them away.
“To be fair to Huddersfield, they kept coming at us, even at 3-1 down and they made it uncomfortable for us at the end, that’s for sure, but some of our counter-attacking in the second half was a joy and we probably should have been out of sight.”
A minute's applause for Paul Comstive ahead of kick-off
The victory took the Clarets back above Derby County in the table and back onto the heels of leaders Leicester City.
Dyche, who has already said he is actively looking to strengthen in January, beamed: “People keep saying about the small squad we have and will it continue, or can it continue?
“But you have seen the lads go hard again today, physically, but with real quality and that’s a nice mixture.
“That’s three wins, two draws and one loss in the last six games, which I think is a really healthy return in this league.
“We all know the stats and if you are roughly around that over a season you are going to be in and among it.
“We just keep going one game at a time. That’s the mantra and we won’t go away form that. This was a really important result and a good one and we deserved it.”
Dyche will make a late decision on defender Ben Mee ahead of Saturday’s GFA Cup third round tie at Southampton. The Clarets defender returned to the starting line-up after missing two games, but was substituted in the second half against Huddersfield with another thigh strain.
The gaffer said: “We will have to let Ben settle down. He was fine during the week and that’s why we took the decision to play him after protecting him in the last game.
“We are hopeful that he has got off early and it settles down quickly.”