Sean Dyche was a proud man after his Burnley side came from behind to beat Everton and reach the magical 40-point mark.
The Clarets came from behind to win a Premier League game for the first time in the gaffer’s reign thanks to second half goals from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood.
And Dyche, celebrating his 250th game in charge, was delighted as a “winning performance” that earned first win in 12 league games.
He beamed: “It’s a fantastic way to bring up 250 games. We’ve turned a game around to win for the first time in the Premier League, with a winning performance. And I thought it was a winning performance.
“A number of things worked well for us today. The way the lads performed was key, but the lack of disappointment in going one goal down was evident.
“Everyone stayed calm, including the crowd, which is an important thing. We’re on a tough run, which we’ve never denied and that gave the players the freedom to go and play and in the second half, in particular, I thought we were tremendous.
“To turn a game around in that fashion was very pleasing and very deserving, I must say.”
Dyche whose side trailed to a first Everton goal for Cenk Tosan, added: “It was a head-scratcher to go a goal down at half time, but we used that.
“I said to the players that because we hadn’t come from behind to win, nobody expected us to, and to go and play with a freedom, because what’s the worst that can happen?
“I took Jeff (Hendrick) off, purely for tactical reasons to get two up top, and it worked. I was pleased with that decision because sometimes you can wait, but sometimes you feel things need affecting and Woody’s performance as a whole was good, along with the others.
“The only thing I’ve ever said is to give everything and even on a tough run it’s a great feeling as a manage, when you know you are going to get players who give everything.
“It’s very rare we go below that mark and now, if you add in belief and moments of quality, there’s more of a freedom to go and show people what we can do.”
Matt Lowton’s fabulous threaded pass allowed Barnes to level matters 11 minutes after the break, before Wood headed home Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s corner to win the day.
Dyche said: “That pass from Matt in the second half was top, top drawer. To find that gap was one thing, but then the weight makes it one of the next passes I’ve seen in a long time.
“Now we have 40 points and I want us to take on the remaining part of the season with that touch more freedom, because that psychology of having that total on the board is a good marker.”