Chris Wood returned with a bang as he got back on the goal trail to set up the win that lifted the Clarets up to sixth place in the Premier League.
Wood started only his second Burnley game since 21 October following injury and international commitments to New Zealand’s unsuccessful World Cup bid.
But the Clarets’ top scorer justified his re-call by boss Sean Dyche with a power-pac his fourth league goal – and fifth in all – of the season as the Clarets secured a fourth away win by beating Bournemouth 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium.
“It’s been a tough couple of weeks and it’s nice to be back in,” said Wood, who showed his predatory instincts to give Burnley a half-time lead before Robbie Brady doubled the advantage after the break.
“It’s always nice to get on the scoresheet but it’s even better we got three points.
“We are a team that’s building and it’s nice to see us playing such good football and the results coming, which is great.
“We knew we had to start well. They are a side, especially at home, that has quality and enthusiasm, so we had to match that and more.
“We did that in the first half and we played some great football.
“I think we could maybe have had a couple more, or at least one for our efforts, but that’s how it goes sometimes and doesn’t fall for you like that.
“We ground it out in the second half and scored a great goal from Robbie.”
Bournemouth halved the deficit through Josh King with 11 minutes to go but never threatened again as the Clarets – with Phil Bardsley making his Premier League debut for Burnley at right-back – made sure of a deserved victory.
“We were very good defensively. The back line is fantastic and it’s something we’re going to build on,” added Wood.
“It’s nice that we put in a good attacking performance to go with that defensive performance. It’s been a good night all-round.”
Burnley’s move up to sixth spot had has some pundits talking of a challenge for European football.
But Wood insists no-one in the Burnley camp is getting carried away as he looks forward to facing former club Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
“At the moment it doesn’t really matter. We’ll talk about that come April or May if we’re still there,” he said.
“We just keep working hard and focus on the next match. As players that’s all we can do and that’s what we’re looking forward to come Saturday.
“I have very good memories and had a good two-and-half years there.
“I can’t speak highly enough of the club and it’s going to be fantastic going back there for the first time.”