Sean Dyche said there were no disappointments after expressing his pride in the team’s performance in the 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea.
The Clarets bounced back from an unlucky first half Kevin Long own goal to level midway through the second half at Turf Moor through Ashley Barnes’ fortunate deflection.
Victor Moses then won it minutes later for Chelsea, to avenge their 3-2 defeat to the Clarets on the opening day at Stamford Bridge.
However, defiant Dyche said: “There was a lot of pride in that performance because it’s difficult against these top sides.
“I’ve spoken this season about us growing and there’s an assured feeling now. Some of their players have played in world cups and been around this division for a while.
“Whatever the noise around their camp, and there’s been little bits and bobs, they are still a top, top side.
“You only have to look at the changes they made tonight and the fees involved.
“We know there’s a gap between us and these top sides, but we are shifting it slightly and moving it forwards.
“The mental strength we showed to go in 1-0 down at half time and come out and take the game on is a real sign of how our players are maturing.
“It’s not easy to do that and I’m so pleased overall that we are consistently taking these challenges on and that there’s more of an assured look.
“You can tell the fans see it too. They are not hoping for a lucky moment now; they are looking for it and saying ‘go on then’ and the players are responding.”
Barnes’ ninth of the season came after man of the match Johann Berg Gudmundsson cut in from the right and saw his shot clip the striker’s heel.
Dyche added: “Players like Johann were excellent again tonight. He is becoming a rounded Premier League player.
“There’s still more work to be done, but Kevin Long is coming of age with his performances and others too.
“These are all players who continue to progress. We’re open-minded about the future but equally we are realistic.
“We are not them and we’re not close to them yet. There’s still a gap, so there’s no disappointments from me tonight in that performance because I know where we are and I know where they are.”