George Boyd hailed a “huge win” win for the Clarets after his classy strike took Burnley to the brink of the Premier League’s top 10.
Boyd swept home the 58th-minute goal which gave Sean Dyche’s men a first victory in eight league games – propelling them eight points clear of the bottom three.
The 1-0 victory over Stoke City also made it 10 home wins for the season and gave the Clarets a record points’ tally of 35 with seven games still to go.
And for Boyd, it’s all about continuing to move onwards and upwards after lifting the tension around Turf Moor.
“It was a huge win for us. We needed a reaction after Saturday,” said the winger after coolly converting Jeff Hendrick’s clever pass to claim his second goal of the season.
“I think you could tell the fans were a bit nervous in the first half.
“It was a great run by Jeff. He went past a few players and cut it back and it was just about connecting with it right and luckily enough it went in.
“You always want to score, especially an important goal like that.
“It was a big win for us and opens up the gap and settles everyone down a bit.
“We are a point behind Stoke now and they are 11th, so we can only look up.
“The gap is bigger and there’s no reason why we can’t finish top 10.”
The Clarets went down with 33 points two years ago but have now gone past that total as they close in on the prospect of sustaining top-flight football for more than one season for the first time since the mid-1970s.
"It's definitely a club going places," Boyd added.
"The training ground is fantastic and we are reaping the benefits of that.
"And to have beaten that total with seven games to come shows how far we have come."