Sean Dyche feels that Burnley are beginning to find their groove after a sixth win in eight games took them to joint second in the Championship.
The Clarets overcame Bolton Wanderers thanks to an Andre Gray brace that took the club’s record signing to four goals for the season.
And Dyche was delighted at his team’s perseverance and patience as the Trotters finally wilted under a growing threat form the hosts.
He said: “It was a hard-earned win. I thought Neil’s (Lennon) side came here with plenty of energy, belief and some very good quality, certainly early in the match.
“In the opening 25 minutes they had the lion’s share of possession but eventually I felt we grew into the game in the last 15 minutes of the half and had two really big chances.
“I just felt we were finding our groove a little bit and in the second half I thought overall we ran out worthy winners.
“There were some really good moments today and even in that opening half an hour we kept things nice and tight.
“We are not expecting teams to come here and lie down, and we respect them.
“But the respect we have is also a self-respect in the way we go about things, in terms of framework and belief and I thought it was all on show today.
“The two centre halves were excellent and dealt with most of the threats, and we played some excellent football and we’re beginning to find that better mix with the ball.
“That was shown in the chances we created today and we took two.”
Gray opened the scoring just before the hour mark with a predatory striker after Scott Arfield’s shot was parried by Ben Amos.
And the Scot added another assist soon after as former Brentford Gray repaid another chunk of his fee.
Dyche said: “The goals were both good quality in their own rights and Andre has that thirst for goals.
“For the second, his run is fantastic because he holds it and it’s a great little reverse pass form Scott. Andre then finishes it as good strikers do, without a single thought other than he was going to score."
The only bad news for Burnley was an injury to George Boyd, who hobbled off midway through the second half after injuring his ankle.
“George just rolled his ankle,” explained Dyche. “It was an unfortunate, but we’ll assess him in the coming days and I’ll get some news then from the physios.”