Andre Gray hailed a ‘massive win’ after his 24th goal of the season secured all three points against Birmingham City.
The Clarets were pegged back when Jacques Maghoma cancelled out George Boyd’s strike, before Gray struck the decisive blow on 77 minutes.
Sean Dyche’s men then showed their resilience to climb back into the top two, and the forward was delighted after a difficult afternoon.
“It’s a massive win and everyone is fighting for their lives and digging in now so it was important to get the three points.
“The mentality is the same regardless of other results because we still need to win. It’s not over until the fat lady sings and it’s down to us.
“We have the advantage at the minute but it’s always going to be difficult and if anyone says otherwise they’re lying.
“Birmingham are a great team and they’ve been fighting for the Play-Offs all season. We always knew it was going to be difficult but no game is easy.”
Chances looked to be few and far between for the Championship’s top scorer, but when Boyd hung up the cross, the 24-year-old finished with aplomb.
And with Middlesbrough next up at Turf Moor on Tuesday night, Gray is expecting similar games to come as the promotion race intensifies.
He added: “It’s going to be like that until the end of the season. It’s not going to be fancy football and cutting teams open.
“We’re at the top for a reason so teams will sit in and make it hard for us. It’s trying to take your chances when they come.
“It’s a fantastic feeling to score in front of our fans but there are four games to go so it’s just another three points and we look to kick on now.”