Sean Dyche insisted the victory over Preston at Deepdale was a “big step forward” in the Clarets’ promotion push.
Joey Barton’s deflected sixth minute free kick was as long overdue slice of luck in a game where the margin of victory could have been even greater.
And victories in their final two games – at home to QPR and away at Charlton – will now assure Burnley of promotion back to the Premier League.
The gaffer said: “Nothing is done, but that is a big step forward and I am really pleased.
“Obviously in the circumstances it’s a big win, but it was also a local derby and a lot is made of that in these parts.
“We had to see through all that and control our game and I thought we did that really well.
“There were so many good performances and everyone played their part. We showed a good mix and the only slight question is the scoreline wasn’t more because then it could have been a more comfortable night for everyone.
“I suspect they might have had more possession than us, but all the chances we created were of a different level.”
Middlesbrough and Brighton must now play twice before Burley kick a ball again, at home to QPR on Bank Holiday Monday.
But neither can halt Burnley should they pick up maximum points in their closing two fixtures.
Dyche added: “Everyone else can worry about their own business now. We’ll just focus on ourselves and the main thing for us will be re-evaluating this and making sense of it before moving forwards.
“We have a 10-day break now, so we have a chance to rest.
“We’ve just had three games in six days and physically I felt the lads were outstanding.
“That’s 18 clean sheets now and we’re top scorers in the division, so that’s a healthy mixture.”