Andre Gray says ‘tunnel vision’ helped him to net the decisive penalty against Blackburn Rovers and secure a double over their East Lancashire rivals.
Gray, who now has 21 goals for the season, stepped up after Shane Duffy had fouled George Boyd and coolly slotted the ball past Steele.
And after missing previously against Reading this season, the 24-year-old was delighted to win the derby for the Clarets faithful.
He said: “It was a great day for the fans but the most important thing was winning the game and getting the three points.
“I know that people miss penalties, it’s going to happen so you just have to try and make it right the next time and thankfully I’ve managed to do that.
“You’ve got to make your mind up, I did and if he saves it, he saves it. I put it down the middle and it’s gone in.
“It was tunnel vision really. I don’t think about any of the fans, not even ours and it doesn’t matter which end it is at."
Burnley’s defensive resolve was on display again towards full-time as they rode out late pressure from the visitors to earn a 15th clean sheet.
After a similarly battling performance against Bolton last week, Gray felt that an ability to grind out wins in ‘ugly games’ will be beneficial moving forward.
“We know we can defend and dig in when we need to. The last two games haven’t been pretty but we’ve come out with great wins.
“Today was always going to be a feisty game and an ugly game but we’ve come out on top and that’s all that matters really.”