Sean Dyche paid tribute to the Burnley fans after his side gave unbeaten Liverpool a fright at Turf Moor.
The Clarets tenacity and drive saw them deservedly lead through Jack Cork’s close-range finish just before the hour mark, before Jurgen Klopp’s title-chasers turned the tide to run out 3-1 winners.
But Dyche was delighted at the manner of the performance from his players, who set the benchmark as they look to finally kick start their season.
The gaffer, who restored Ashley Barnes, Ashley Westwood, Robbie Brady, James Tarkowski and Phil Bardsley to the starting line-up, said: “The mentality and framework and the energy and belief in what we are doing flooded back into the group tonight.
“I made five changes and I felt that was necessary. People sometimes question that, but before we worry too much about tactical shapes, we had to get the right bodies on the pitch tonight.
“There were players who deserved a chance and I’m pretty loyal to the players here, but there comes a time when I have to shake the pack.
“I thought that worked tonight, but of course it can’t just be about tonight. Those players have delivered and now it’s about taking it forward into the next game.
“Within that came the response from the crowd, which was fantastic.
“I can’t think them enough because this is a tough time and we are finding our feet again, but there has to be a heartbeat in the club and that often comes from the fans.
“It’s tough for them, especially after last season. We’ve taken this club a long way; they know that.
“But there’s an inner respect here from the fans and they know we need them going forwards.
“Equally, the players know they’ve got to deliver to get that fan reaction, but it’s not the first time the fans here have had a tough time of it.
“It’s not the first time they’ve been underdogs and written off, as a town and as a club.
“The only things I ever promised when I came here was sweat on the shirt and one-club mentality.
“Well there’s certainly a one-club mentality and tonight there was plenty of sweat on the shirt.”
Cork slotted home to put the Clarets ahead in the 54th minute, only for James Milner to thread a shot through Jack Cork’s legs and beyond an unsighted Joe Hart to level things up eight minutes later.
Substitute Roberto Firmino put the Reds ahead with his first touch in the 69th minute, and as Burnley went for broke, Xherdan Shaqiri settled it in stoppage time.
Dyche added: “We can build on that because there’s a togetherness and that has to remain, because it’s very important for a club like this.
“We asked questions first half and kept them to very little. In the second half they were brighter and trying to iron out the small details in a performance like that is very important.
“The second one is a poor goal and we should deal with that at source and for the third one the ball looks out, but we are too busy reacting to that and they get on with it, which is disappointing.
“So, it’s a strange one to talk about three goals, because I didn’t think we deserved to have three put past us and the performance was miles better than the scoreline.
“We were knocking those performances out week after week last season and getting our rewards.
“We’ve come away from that this season, for many reasons. Now it’s about reminding ourselves that that’s what we do and as a performance marker it was important.
“Of course, we wanted a result, but there was no lack of fight and belief and that’s important because we can’t keep going up and down.”